Do you use many colours in Excel?
I keep most of my Excel workbooks relatively colour free, except for a few headings or charts, or to mark cells for data entry. Usually, I use Excel’s standard colours, but sometimes I need something a little different. For example, if I’m building a workbook for a client, I might want to match their corporate colours.
Modify a Colour in Excel 2003
The colour options are hard to find in Excel 2003. To use a new custom colour to your workbook, you’ll have to modify one of the existing colours.
- On the Tools menu, click Options.
- On the Color tab, click on one of the standard colours that you don’t plan to use in this workbook
- Click Modify, to open the Colors dialog box
Select a Colour in Excel 2007
In Excel 2007, you can use a Ribbon command to open the Color dialog box.
- On the Ribbon’s Home tab, click the arrow at the right of the Fill Color or Font Color button
- Click More Colors…
The Color Dialog Box
In both versions of Excel, the Colors dialog box looks the same.
Click on a colour in the Standard tab, or click the Custom tab for more choices.
Tip: To make it easier to see the colours, double-click the Colors title bar, and the dialog box will expand to fill the screen.
Select a Custom Colour
If my client provided colour information, I can enter the Red, Green and Blue numbers on the Custom tab, for an exact match. When I don’t need an exact match, I can move through the custom colour screen until I find something that looks appropriate for the workbook.
To move through the Custom Colors palette:
- Click on a colour with the mouse pointer
- Or, use the arrow keys to move up, down, left or right