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How to stop/turn off auto fill color in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2014-09-03

In Excel, if you fill color in the range cells more than twice continuously, and when you go on next cell by pressing Enter key, the cell will be auto filled with same color, too. Sometimes, the auto fill color is annoying for you. Now I tell you the method on stopping auto fill color in Excel.

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Stop auto fill color in Excel


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You need to go to Excel Options to uncheck an option to turn off auto fill color.

In Excel 2007/2010/2013

1. Launch Excel, and click Office button/File tab > Options. See screenshot:

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2. Click Advanced in left pane, and uncheck Extend data range formats and formulas option.

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3. Click OK to close dialog, then when you press Enter key to go to next cell, the color will not auto fill in the cell.

In Excel 2003.

1. Enable Excel, and click Tools > Options. See screenshot:

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2. In the Options dialog, click Edit tab, uncheck Extend data range formats and formulas option.

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3. Click OK to close dialog.

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This was so helpful. Thank youuu
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Thank you! worked perfectly to stop the annoying auto highlighting of the cells
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THANK YOU THIS WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY. If I wanted something to re-occur, I'd SELECT IT. Drives me nuts when microsoft assumes I want something so incredibly annoying to just start happening.
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Thanks so much!!! It was driving me nuts every time Excel would auto color cells.
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Thanks!
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doesn't work in office 2016
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This does not work
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Thank you very much! I also went a year with this, constantly having to turn off the color off individual cells.
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Thank you!!!
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Also driving me crazy, thank you soooo much. I went a year dealing with this.
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