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How to apply color banded rows or columns in Excel?

This article will show you three methods of applying color banded rows or columns in Excel. Please do as follows.

Apply banded rows or columns with Conditional Formatting

Apply banded rows or columns with inserting Table

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arrow blue right bubble Apply banded rows or columns with Conditional Formatting


You can create a conditional formatting rule to apply banded rows or columns in Excel.

1. Select the range you want to apply banded rows or columns, then click Conditional Formatting > New Rule under Home tab.

2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, please do as follows:

2.1 Select Use a formula to determine which cells to format option in the Select a Rule Type box;

2.2 For applying banded rows, please enter formula =MOD(ROW(),2)=0 into the Format values where this formula is true box;

For applying banded columns, please use this formula =MOD(COLUMN(),2)=0.

2.3 Click the Format button to specify a banded color as you need and then click the OK button;

2.4 Click the OK button in the New Formatting Rule dialog box.

Then you can see the selected range is banded with specified background color as below screenshot shown.


arrow blue right bubble Apply banded rows or columns with inserting Table

Besides the above method, you can apply banded rows or columns with inserting table in selected range.

1. Select the range you want to apply banded rows or columns to, then click Insert > Table.

2. In the popping up Create Table dialog box, click the OK button.

3. Then the Design tab is displayed, if you want to apply color banded rows, please check the Banded Rows box in the Table Style Options group, otherwise, check the Banded Columns box. See screenshot:


arrow blue right bubble Apply banded rows or columns with Kutools for Excel

With the Alternate Row / Column Shading utility of Kutools for Excel, you can easily apply color banded rows or columns to specified range in Excel.

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1. Select the range you need to apply banded rows or columns to, then click Kutools > Format > Alternate Row / Column Shading. See screenshot:

2. In the Alternate Row / Column Shading dialog box, please do the following configurations:

2.1 Specify a banded color as you need in the Shade color drop-down list;

2.2 Select the Rows or Columns option in the Apply shading to section based on your needs;

2.3 In the Shading method section, select Conditional formatting or Standard formatting option;

2.4 Enter the alternate number of the banded rows or columns in the Shade every box;

2.5 Click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now the selected range are color banded as below screenshot shown.

Note: For removing all conditional formatting or background shading, the Remove existing alternate row shading option can help you. See screenshot:

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