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7 Excel Color Fill Shortcuts You Need To Know

If you work with Excel on a regular basis, then you know how important it is to be able to quickly and easily fill cells with color. Whether you're trying to highlight important data points, make your spreadsheet more visually appealing, or simply want to make it easier to read, Excel's color fill feature is a valuable tool.

Unfortunately, the process of color filling cells in Excel can be a bit tedious if you're doing it manually. Fortunately, there are a few shortcuts that can make the process a lot easier and faster. In this article, we'll share 7 of the best Excel color fill shortcuts that you need to know.

1. Use the Fill Handle

One of the quickest and easiest ways to fill cells with color in Excel is to use the fill handle. The fill handle is the small square that appears in the bottom-right corner of a selected cell or range of cells. To use it, simply click and drag the fill handle to the cells that you want to fill. As you drag, you'll see the cells highlight. When you release the mouse button, the cells will be filled with the color that you selected.

2. Use the Right-Click Context Menu

Another quick and easy way to fill cells with color is to use the right-click context menu. To do this, simply select the cells that you want to fill, right-click, and then select the "Fill" option from the menu. From there, you can choose the color that you want to use.

3. Use the Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, there's a great one for color filling cells in Excel. Simply select the cells that you want to fill, press the Alt + H keys on your keyboard, and then press the F + I keys. This will open the "Fill" menu. From there, you can use the arrow keys to select the color that you want to use, and then press the Enter key to fill the cells.

4. Use the Paint Bucket Tool

Excel also has a handy "Paint Bucket" tool that can be used to quickly fill cells with color. To use it, simply select the cells that you want to fill, click the "Home" tab, and then click the "Paint Bucket" tool in the "Editing" group. From there, you can choose the color that you want to use.

5. Use the Fill Dialog Box

If you want more control over how your cells are filled with color, you can use the Fill dialog box. To do this, simply select the cells that you want to fill, click the "Home" tab, and then click the "Fill" button in the "Editing" group. This will open the Fill dialog box. From here, you can choose the color that you want to use, as well as a few other options.

6. Use the AutoFill Feature

If you need to fill a range of cells with the same color, you can use Excel's AutoFill feature. To do this, simply select the cell that contains the color that you want to use, and then drag the fill handle to the cells that you want to fill. As you drag, you'll see the cells highlight. When you release the mouse button, the cells will be filled with the color.

7. Use a Custom Number Format

Finally, if you want to get really creative with your color filling, you can use a custom number format. To do this, select the cells that you want to fill, click the "Home" tab, and then click the "Number Format" drop-down in the "Number" group. From here, you can select the "Custom" option and then enter a custom number format code. For example, if you want to fill cells with a blue background and white text, you would use the code "0\;[Blue]\;[White]".

These are just a few of the many ways that you can fill cells with color in Excel. As you can see, there are a number of different shortcuts that can make the process a lot easier and faster. So next time you need to fill cells with color, be sure to give these shortcuts a try.

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