Remove A Specific Fill Color From Your Spreadsheet
What This VBA Code Does
This VBA macro code will allow you to remove a specific fill color from your entire worksheet without affecting any other fill color on the tab. In order to properly do this, you will need to determine the RGB color code for your desired color that will be removed.
You can determine the RGB color code of a cell by:
- Right-clicking on the cell with the fill color you want
- Selecting Format Cells
- In the Format Cells dialog box, go to the Fill tab and click the More Colors… button
- Then go to the Custom tab within the Colors dialog box and you will see the “Red”, “Green”, and “Blue” values for the cell’s current fill color
Sub RemoveSpecificColorFill() 'PURPOSE: Remove a specific fill color from the spreadsheet 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault Dim cell As Range 'Turn off ScreenUpdating (speeds up code) Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'Loop through each cell in the ActiveSheet For Each cell In ActiveSheet.UsedRange 'Check for a specific fill color If cell.Interior.Color = RGB(219, 229, 241) Then 'Remove Fill Color cell.Interior.Color = xlNone End If Next cell End Sub
A More Dynamic Option
For a more dynamic solution where you don’t have to mess around with RGB color codes, you can use the below macro code. It requires you to first select a cell with the fill color you wish to target. Then after you run the code, it will select all cells on the sheet containing that cell’s fill color. Afterward, you can manually change the selected cell’s fill color to whatever you want!
Sub SelectSpecificColorFill() 'PURPOSE: Select all cells with a specific fill color from the spreadsheet 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault Dim cell As Range Dim CellColor As Long Dim rng As Range 'Turn off ScreenUpdating (speeds up code) Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'Store the cell the user selected Set rng = ActiveCell 'Get color of selected cell CellColor = rng.Interior.Color 'Loop through each cell in the ActiveSheet For Each cell In ActiveSheet.UsedRange 'Check for a specific fill color If cell.Interior.Color = CellColor Then 'Add to selection range Set rng = Union(rng, cell) End If Next cell 'Select all cells with the specified color rng.Select 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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