Google Sheets: Conditional Formatting If Date is Before Today

You can use the Conditional formatting option within the Format tab in Google Sheets to apply conditional formatting to cells if their date value is before today.

The following step-by-step example shows how to do so in practice.

Step 1: Enter the Data

First, let’s enter the following dataset that shows the sales made at some retail store during various days:

Step 2: Apply Conditional Formatting to Cells if Date is Before Today

Next, highlight the cell range A2:A11, then click the Format tab, then click Conditional formatting:

In the Conditional format rules panel that appears on the right side of the screen, click the dropdown menu under Format rules and choose Date is before, then choose today:

Google Sheets if date is before today

Assuming that today is 10/3/2022, all cells that are before this date will be highlighted:

Note that you can apply whatever conditional formatting rules you’d like to the cells that have a date before today.

For example, you might choose to make their font bold and their background light blue:

The formatting of the cells will automatically be changed:

Feel free to apply whatever conditional formatting you’d like.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Google Sheets:

Google Sheets: A Simple Formula for “If Not Empty”
Google Sheets: A Simple Formula for “If Contains”
Google Sheets: How to Sum If Checkbox is Checked

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