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MS Excel 2003: Change the background color of a cell

This Excel tutorial explains how to change the background color of a cell in Excel 2003 or older versions (with screenshots and step-by-step instructions).

Question: How do I change the background color of a cell in Microsoft Excel 2003/XP/2000/97?

Answer: Select the cell that you wish to change the color of.

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Right-click and then select "Format Cells" from the popup menu.

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When the Format Cells window appears, select the Patterns tab. Next choose the color that you wish to use as the shading or you can choose "No color" to return the cell back to its default transparency.

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Now when you return to your spreadsheet, the cells that you've selected should have a background color, as follows:

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