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VBA – Excel’s Color Scheme

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Editorial Team

Reviewed by

Steve Rynearson

Last updated on July 19, 2021

Change Color of Cell – .Interior.ColorIndex

To change the colour of a cell we can use:

Cell.Interior.ColorIndex = Num

• Cell is the cell reference
• Interior – refers to the colour of the actual cell colour (The interior property)
• Colourindex is a value between 1 and 56 for one of Excel’s 56 predefined colours

And Num is the number colour assigned to the cell. However, it isn’t always easy to remember which number represents which colour. The following subroutine changes the cell colour based on the row number. So for example row 3 will have colour 3 etc.

As there are 56 preset colours in Excel, this means that cells 59, 115 will have the same colour as the cell in row 3:

Option Explicit
Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
Colour_Range (Sheets("Sheet2").Range("A1:A2000"))
End Sub
Sub Colour_Range(Cell_Range As Range)
' Will Colour each cell in range
Dim Cell
For Each Cell In Cell_Range
Cell.Interior.ColorIndex = Cell.Row Mod 56
Cell.Offset(0, 0).Value = Cell.Row
End Sub

The routine is activated by a click event.

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