Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Cycling through Colors.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 29, 2014)
Excel provides a tool you can use to cycle through the available font colors. The tool is not available by default, but must be added by following these steps:
Figure 1. Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar.
Now, whenever you click on the Cycle Font Color tool, the font color in the selected cells will change. Click again, and the color changes again. Keep clicking, and eventually the font colors repeat.
If you cannot locate the Cycle Font Colors command in step 4, try using the Choose Command From drop-down list (step 3) to choose Commands Not In the Ribbon. For some odd reason, in some versions of Excel Microsoft made the command available in that group, but not in the All Commands group. Go figure!
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6130) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Cycling through Colors.
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