Changing the Color Inside a Shape

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 22, 2016)


When you have created a drawing object, you can fill it with a color of your choosing. This is easy to do by following these steps:

  1. Select the shape you want to fill.
  2. Make sure the Format tab of the ribbon is selected.
  3. In the Shape Styles group, click the Shape Fill tool. Excel displays a color menu.
  4. From the color menu, select the color you want to use.
  5. If you do not see your desired color displayed, click on More Fill Colors to display a wider selection of choices.

Once you select a color, Excel removes the color menu and fills the interior of the shape with the color selected. To remove a color you previously used, you can repeat the same steps, but in step 4 choose No Fill.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is nine more than 8?

2015-10-02 10:07:20


Private Sub Workbook_SheetChange(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Range)
' Change object color when value in cell is changed

Dim Quantity As Double
Dim Color As Long ' variable for color based on cell value
Quantity = Range("I35").Value ' cell value changing object color
Select Case Quantity
Case Is <= 0: Exit Sub
Case 1 To 10: Color = vbRed
Case 11 To 20: Color = vbYellow
Case 21 To 30: Color = vbGreen
Case 31 To 40: Color = vbBlue
Case Is > 40: Color = vbBlack
End Select
ActiveSheet.Shapes.Range(Array("U-Turn Arrow 1")).Select
With Selection.ShapeRange.Fill
.Visible = msoTrue
.ForeColor.RGB = Color 'varible color value set in case statement
.Transparency = 0
End With
End Sub

2013-05-13 08:42:30


Mike...I think you are right, using VBA would be the way to go.

As to linking the color to the value of a cell, that would probably need to be done through the Worksheet_Change event, then using a Select Case for the color changes.

2013-05-11 08:29:52


I think you'd have to write some Visual Basic code to achieve this, because in effect you want to test the value of the cell to determine the colour to use. Cell colour is a property which can be set using a Visual Basic procedure. You might be able to do it using a macro, but the later versions of Excel actually use Visual Basic as the macro language.

2013-05-11 07:31:14


Is there a way to link the colour fill of a shape to a value generated in a cell so that if the value is 1- 10, the shape would be red, 11-20 = yellow, etc?

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