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How to half shade cell in Excel?

As you know, shading a cell is very easy for you in Excel. But do you have any idea to only shade half of a cell or diagonally shade the cell as shown as below screenshot? Excel has no direct way to solve this problem. But I can tell you a compromise to diagonally shade or half shade a cell in Excel.

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Diagonal shading a cell

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In Excel, you cannot only shade half of a cell, but you can use the shape to solve it.

1. Click Insert > Shapes, and select Right Triangle from the Basic Shapes section in the list. See screenshot:

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2. Then draw the Right Triangle in the cell you want to diagonally shade and adjust its size to match with the cell. See screenshot:

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Tip: If this direction is not what your need, you can click at the shape to show the Format tab in the Ribbon, and click Format > Rotate, and select the rotation you need from the drop down list.

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3. And right click at the Right Triangle, select Format Shape from the context menu. See screenshot:

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4. In the Format Shape dialog (or Format Shape pane in Excel 2013), do follow operations:

(1) Click Fill tab, and check Solid fill option and select the color you need from the Color list. See screenshot:

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Excel 2013

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(2) Click Line Color tab, and check No line option. See screenshot:

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5. Click Close to exit the dialog. Now you can see the cell is half shaded with the color you specified.

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    Betty Domowski · 1 years ago
    This is wonderful when you use a triangle to have a diagonal split cell. But I agree with oleww below that it is easier to use the format cells then paint.
    My problem is the same as many others I have noted. It would seem very simple but it isn't. I just want to split the cell vertically in half. There is an option in format cells but it is usually grayed out so unable to be used. Occasionally this vertical line will be lit and able to be used but it never seems to be highlighted when I need it! URG Can anyone help me? I am trying to halve a cell to indicate half hours, i.e. 8:30, 9:30 instead of 8 pm and 9 pm etc. Thank you
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    milan patel · 1 years ago
    very usefull information
    thank's a lot
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    Oliver · 2 years ago
    Thank you so much for the posting.
    Such a simple and yet such a brilliant idea.
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    Gibbs314 · 2 years ago
    This is certainly one way to accomplish this but have you considered Fill Effects? By default this method blends the two colors you choose together. However if you want to remove this effect you can with vba.

    Here is how I did it. Look for Gibbs31415's comment. (Hyperlinks don't appear to work in your comments)

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_excel-mso_mac/how-to-split-the-color-background-of-a-split-cell/ec143e20-a47d-474d-afd5-6c93faaba38c
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    oleww · 2 years ago
    Dude this method is retarded af. You can simply press right button of the mouse and then choose format cells and you will see it lel. Please hang yourself.
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      vhsidnabmy · 1 years ago
      You are an idiot and obviously didn't grasp the point of this article. Please explain how what you suggested would only fill in the triangle with color, and not the whole square.
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        ecurb_dlablihcra · 1 years ago
        oleww is right - go to format cell, fill effects, and select gradient. It's not a perfect 50/50 shading (it's a gradient), but this is at least an automated solution.
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          abra kadabra · 1 years ago
          oleww is incorrect. the point of this is to have two distinct colours... anyone can gradient easily but is NOT the same thing as what's happening here. If only there was an easier way to do it since this method above is a pain and writing over top is even trickier...