When you’re working with data in a spreadsheet, there are often duplicate values that need to be considered. This tutorial will show you how to highlight the repeated items in a few easy steps.

First, highlight the column or row that you want to evaluate.

Click Format in the top menu then Conditional formatting…

The Conditional Formatting menu option will pop up a Conditional format rules menu on the right side of the screen (on the desktop version of Sheets).

Click the plus sign to begin adding the rule. In the drop-down menu for Format cells if choose the last option which is Custom formula is.

In the box that appears below *Custom formula is* enter `=COUNTIF(A:A,A1)>1`

. Note that you have to start the formula with a = sign just like any other spreadsheet formula. If you were highlighting a *row instead of a column*, specify the row as `1:1`

if the row were the 1st row. If you are not familiar with COUNTIF, learn how to use it here.

This will start at A1 and check to see if the value in A1 occurs more than once in the selected range. Then, the conditional formatting goes to the next cell, A2, and so on, until it gets to the end of your specified range. Now, all of the duplicates in your list are highlighted.

The `A:A`

may seem a little strange but this is a method of specifying an entire column no matter how many rows are used.

## Video explanation

### Live examples in Sheets

of highlighting duplicates that you can study and use anywhere you would like.