How to Change the Cell Color in VBA

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Developers use the Visual Basic for Applications programming language to create advanced interactions for Office products, such as Excel and Word. You can change a spreadsheet cell background color in Excel programmatically using the VBA language instead of coloring it manually. This creates color schemes that make Excel spreadsheets easier to read. For example, color-code cells that indicate totals so they stand out and are easy for the reader to find.

  • Double-click an Excel file on your hard drive to launch the software and open Excel the workbook. Click the field that you want to edit.

  • Press Alt-F11 to access the VBA interface. Double-click the sheet that you want to edit in the right pane.

  • Enter the following code in the editor:

    ActiveCell.Interior.ColorIndex = 36

    ActiveCell is the cell that you clicked initially. The color index is the number that is associated with the color. Determine the number that relates to the color that you want for the cell background using the color index sheet (see Resources).

  • Click the Save button to change your settings. Close the Excel file and reopen it; this will let you test the new VBA code for your cell.

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