Excel's Conditioning Formatting has a mind of it's own, or is possessed. You define the rule, designate the reference cell/range (goodness knows NOT to use arrow keys within the Edit Rules box... cont

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Conditional formatting is like Neo in the matrix, an unbalanced anomaly which everyone in Microsoft continues to ignore

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It’s definitely a glitch in the Matrix

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Yeah, I’ve had this happen too. It’ll go to like row 1737848 for no reason. I just always go back and update it in the Manage Rules. It’s annoying but at least I know it consistently happens now.

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As everywhere in Excel you can toggle between navigating within the formula/text and between cells by pressing F2. Do that and you won't have to worry about pressing your arrow keys anymore.
Is it possible that you have selected a cell or range which is not within the range of the cells to be affected by the conditional formatting? If so, this could be a reason for your problem.

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How are you referencing the column A?
E.g. A1:A500, A:A, $A$1:A1 ?

I have no clue, if there could be the solution, but might be worth a try. Do you have the same problem, when choosing the range with your mouse?

At least the F2 trick should work for sure.

...then lo and behold, the reference cell/range jumps to some random row number. The work around for me has been: 1. Make sure the cursor is on A1 for the rules affect col A, 2. Click Apply and then change its random update of cell row. Anyone else experienced this?

$A1 = whatever
Applies to #$A:$CD

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