# Excel : Interactive Up Down Arrows

This tutorial explains how to create interactive up down arrows with excel.

Style 1 : Interactive Arrows
 Interactive Up Down Arrow

1. Enter =CHAR(199) and change the font to "Wingdings 3", you will see Up arrow.

2. Enter =CHAR(200) and change the font to "Wingdings 3", you will see Down arrow.

Scenario

Let's say you have values in cells B3 and C3 and you want a down arrow to be shown in red if value in cell C3 is less than in B3. Otherwise an up arrow should be shown in green.

Enter the following formula in cell D3 and then apply the font "Wingdings 3" to the cell.

=IF(C3<B3,CHAR(200),CHAR(199))

Apply conditional formatting as shown in the instructions below :

(a) To highlight a down arrow with red color, click on "Conditional Formatting" button and then select "New Rule" and select "Use a formula to determine which cells to format" and enter the following formula and click on "Format" and go to "Font" tab and select Red color and then click on OK.

=IF(\$D\$3=CHAR(200),1,0)

(b) To highlight an up arrow with green color, click on "Conditional Formatting" button and then select "New Rule" and select "Use a formula to determine which cells to format" and enter the following formula and click on "Format" and go to "Font" tab and select Green color and then click on OK.

=IF(\$D\$3=CHAR(199),1,0)
Style 2 : Interactive Arrows

In this section, we cover a new style of arrows for interactivity in Excel.

 Style 2 : Up Down Arrow

1. Enter p and change the font to "Wingdings 3", you will see Up arrow

2. Enter q and change the font to "Wingdings 3", you will see Down arrow.

Enter the following formula in cell D3 and then apply the font "Wingdings 3" to the cell.

=IF(C3>B3,"p","q")

Next, apply conditional formatting : Click on "New Rule" in the "Conditional Formatting" option and select "Use a formula to determine which cells to format" and enter the following formula and click on "Format" and go to "Font" tab and select Red color and then click on OK.

=IF(\$D\$3="q",1,0)

Create a new rule - Click on "New Rule" in the "Conditional Formatting" option and select "Use a formula to determine which cells to format" and enter the following formula and click on "Format" and go to "Font" tab and select Green color and then click on OK.

=IF(\$D\$3="p",1,0)
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