How To Change Sheet Tab Color With VBA

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 07/15/22 •  4 min read
VBA code snippets for changing sheet tab colors.

What This VBA Code Does

There may be times when you need to incorporate coloring your worksheet tabs in your Excel workbook. This article will cover a handful of situations you may run into while working with VBA code and adding or removing color to your tab name.

VBA Code To Change Tab Color

If you need to change a specific tab to a certain color, you can reference the sheet name and set it to a specific RGB color code. The below VBA macro code shows you an example of this:

Sub ChangeTabColor()
'PURPOSE: Change Tab To Specific Color

Worksheets("Sheet2").Tab.Color = RGB(25, 25, 25)

End Sub

VBA Code To Color The ActiveSheet

If you need to change the color of the tab you are currently viewing, you can use the following VBA macro code along with your desired RGB color code:

Sub ChangeTabColor()
'PURPOSE: Change Selected Tab To Specific Color

ActiveSheet.Tab.Color = RGB(25, 25, 25)

End Sub

VBA Code To Remove Color The ActiveSheet

If you need VBA code to remove the color of your currently active sheet, you can set the color equal to the value xlNone (or the numerical value -4142).

Sub RemoveTabColor()
'PURPOSE: Remove Tab Color

ActiveSheet.Tab.Color = xlNone

End Sub

VBA Code To Remove Color From All Sheets

If you need to write a VBA loop to ensure all worksheet tabs have their color removed, you can use a macro similar to the below code:

Sub RemoveAllTabColors()
'PURPOSE: Remove Tab Color from all Sheets

Dim sht As Worksheet

For Each sht In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
  sht.Tab.Color = xlNone
Next sht

End Sub

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!

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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.