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VBA Code To Remove Cell Fill Colors

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 07/14/16 •  5 min read
VBA Code To Remove Cell Fill Colors

What This VBA Code Does

Here is a simple VBA macro that will remove any fill colors from your selected cell range. While this may be straightforward, it can help guide you with more complicated variations that you may be trying to code such as turning blue fill colors into green.

Remove All Cell Fill Colors

This VBA macro code removes any fill color from the user's cell selection.

Sub RemoveAllFillColors()
'PURPOSE: Remove any Fill Colors from Selected Cell Range
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

'Optimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Ensure Cell Range Is Selected
  If TypeName(Selection) <> "Range" Then
    MsgBox "Please select some cells before running"
    Exit Sub
  End If

'Remove Any Fill Colors From Selected Cells
  Selection.Interior.Color = xlNone
      
End Sub

Modify To Be More Specific

Here is a variation on the previous VBA code that only removes the cell fill from spreadsheet cells that have a white colored fill.

Sub RemoveWhiteFillColor()
'PURPOSE: Remove White Fill from Selected Cells
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim cell As Range

'Optimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Ensure Cell Range Is Selected
  If TypeName(Selection) <> "Range" Then
    MsgBox "Please select some cells before running"
    Exit Sub
  End If

'Loop Through Each Cell
  For Each cell In Selection.Cells
    If cell.Interior.Color = vbWhite Then
      cell.Interior.Color = xlNone
    End If
  Next

End Sub

Change One Color To Another

Here is another modification idea you can do by searching for a specific color and turning it into another fill color.

Sub WhiteFill_To_BlueFill()
'PURPOSE: Change any cell with a white fill color to a blue fill color
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim cell As Range

'Optimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Ensure Cell Range Is Selected
  If TypeName(Selection) <> "Range" Then
    MsgBox "Please select some cells before running"
    Exit Sub
  End If

'Loop Through Each Cell
  For Each cell In Selection.Cells
    If cell.Interior.Color = vbWhite Then
      cell.Interior.Color = RGB(0, 0, 255)
    End If
  Next

End Sub

I want to give a special thank you to Robert D. from my Email Newsletter for coming up with this post idea and helping write some of the VBA code!


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?

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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.