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How to fill a shape with transparent background color in Excel?

Normally, the shape we inserted into worksheet was filled with no transparency background color. If you want to fill a certain shape with transparent background color, you can try the following method.

Fill a shape with transparent background color in Excel


arrow blue right bubble Fill a shape with transparent background color in Excel


Please do as follows to fill a shape with transparent background color in Excel.

1. Right click a shape you need to fill with transparent background color, then click Format Shape from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

2. If you are using Microsoft 2016 and 2013, the Format Shape pane will pop up on the right side in current worksheet, please expand the Fill options under the Fill & Line tab, keep the Solid fill option selected, specify a background color in the Color drop-down list as you need, then enter a transparent percentage into the Transparency box. And finally close the Format Shape pane. See screenshot:

And if you are using Microsoft 2010 and 2007, a Format Shape dialog box will pop up as below screenshot shown. Please select Fill in the left bar. In the right side of the dialog box, keep the Solid fill option selected, specify a background color in the Color drop-down list as you need, then enter a transparent percentage into the Transparency box. And finally close the dialog box. 

You can see the specified shape is filled with transparent background color as below screenshot shown.


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    Anon · 2 years ago
    Would you please list applicable product versions on software articles? E.g., Excel 2003,2007,2010
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Dear Anon,
      Thank you for your comment. Your suggestion will be taking into consideration. And the article is now updated.
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    Anon · 2 years ago
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