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How to find and replace fill color in Excel?

In Excel, you may fill different background colors to make the important value outstanding, but, have you ever tried to find the cells contain same color and replace them with another color at once in Excel?

Find and replace fill color with Find and Replace feature

Find and replace fill color with Kutools for Excel


Select all cells with specific color and then replace with another one:

The utility Select Cells with Format of Kutools for Excel can help you quickly select all cells with the same formatting or certain formatting based on a specific cell, and then apply other formatting to them as you need.

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To find the same fill color cells and replace them with another color you like, the Find and Replace feature in Excel may help you to finish this job. Please do as follows:

1. Select the range cells that you want to find and replace the fill color.

2. Press Ctrl + H to open the Find and Replace dialog box, see screenshot:

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3. Then click Options >> button to expand the Find and Replace dialog box, in the expanded dialog box, click Format besides the Find what section, and select Choose Format From Cell from the drop down list see screenshot:

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4. And then click to choose one cell which contains the color that you want to replace, after selecting the cell color, then click Format besides the Replace with section, and choose Format from its drop down list, see screenshot:

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5. In the popped out Replace Format dialog, choose one color you like under the Fill tab, see screenshot:

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6. Then click OK to go back to the Find and Replace dialog, click Replace All button to replace the color at once, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you the number of the replacements, see screenshot:

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7. Then click OK and close the Find and Replace dialog, you will see the cells with the fill color you specified have been replaced by another color.

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If you are interested in other solutions to deal with this task, I can introduce you a handy tool – Kutools for Excel, with its Select Cells with Format utility, you can quickly select all the cells with the same formatting with a specific cell.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select the data range that you want to use.

2. Click Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Format, see screenshot:

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3. In the Select Cells with Format dialog box, click Choose Format From Cell button, see screenshot:

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4. Then select the cell which contains the color that you want to replace in the Select Cells with Format dialog, see screenshot:

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5. Then click OK, all the cell attributes of the selected cell have been listed into the dialog box, and only check Background Color under Fill option, see screenshot:

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6. And then click Ok, all the cells which filled with this color are selected immediately, then click Home > Fill Color, and choose one color you want, and the selected cells’ color has been replaced as following screenshot shown:

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To know more about this Select Cells with Format feature.

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