How to Insert Hatching in Microsoft Excel Shapes


Hatching provides an easy way to add texture and shading to shapes in Excel 2013. Hatching, which consists of closely spaced parallel lines, can be particularly useful when you plan to print in black and white. Excel includes several hatching and cross-hatching patterns you can use to fill out shapes. You can even change the color of the hatching lines or background.

  • Right-click the shape and select "Format Shape."

  • Click the paint bucket icon in the Format Shape pane.

  • Click "Fill" to expand the menu, and then select "Pattern Fill" from the options.

  • Select one of the hatching patterns displayed in the pane. You can choose lines that run horizontally, vertically or diagonally. You can also choose a cross-hatching pattern where two sets of lines cross each other at right angles.

  • Click "Foregound" to select a new color or shade of gray for the lines in the hatching; click "Background" to select a new color or shade for the background.

Tips & Warnings

  • Excel instantly applies the hatching patterns and colors to your shape when you make a selection in the Format Shape pane, making it easy to experiment with different variations to see how they look.

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