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Cell Fills (Color, Patterns, & Gradients)

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 02/28/14 •  3 min read
Cell Fills (Color, Patterns, & Gradients)

What This VBA Code Does

This will give you a sample of the different types of cell fills you can have in Excel

Sub Modify_Cell_Fill()

'PURPOSE: Show Various Ways to Modify Cell Fill
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

    'Change Fill Color
        Range("A1").Interior.Color = RGB(141, 180, 227)
    
    'Add Pattern (See xlPattern constants for choices)
        Range("B1").Interior.Pattern = xlDown
        Range("B1").Interior.PatternColor = RGB(141, 180, 227)
        
    'Add Gradients
        With Range("C1").Interior
            .Pattern = xlPatternLinearGradient
            .Gradient.Degree = 180
            
            'Adjust Color Stops
                'Clear Default Color Stops
                    .Gradient.ColorStops.Clear
                
                'Add A Color Stop
                    With .Gradient.ColorStops.Add(0)
                        .Color = RGB(255, 255, 255)
                    End With
                
                'Add Another Color Stop
                    With .Gradient.ColorStops.Add(1)
                        .Color = RGB(141, 180, 227)
                    End With
        End With

End Sub

xlPattern Constants

NameValueDescription
xlPatternChecker9Checkerboard Pattern
xlPatternCrissCross16Criss-Cross Line Pattern
xlPatternDown-4121Dark Diagonal Line Pattern ( \ )
xlPatternGrid15Grid Pattern
xlPatternHorizontal-4128Horizontal Line Pattern
xlPatternLightDown13Lighter Diagonal Line Pattern ( \ )
xlPatternLightHorizontal11Lighter Horizontal Line Pattern
xlPatternLightUp14Lighter Diagonal Line Pattern ( / )
xlPatternLightVertical12Lighter Vertical Bar Pattern
xlPatternNone-4142No Pattern
xlPatternSolid1Solid Color Fill
xlPatternUp-4162Dark Diagonal Line Pattern ( / )
xlPatternVertical-4166Darker Vertical Bar Pattern

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

Chances are this post did not give you the exact answer you were looking for. We all have different situations and it's impossible to account for every particular need one might have. That's why I want to share with you: My Guide to Getting the Solution to your Problems FAST! In this article, I explain the best strategies I have come up with over the years to get quick answers to complex problems in Excel, PowerPoint, VBA, you name it

I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.