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How to automatically link a cell color to another in Excel?

While using Microsoft Excel, do you know how to link a cell color to another automatically? This article will show you method to achieve it.

Automatically link a cell color to another with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Automatically link a cell color to another with VBA code

Supposing you want to link the fill color of cell A1 to C1, when changing the fill color of A1, the color of C1 will turn to the same automatically. Please do as follows.

1. Right click the sheet tab you need to link a cell color to another, and then click View Code from the right-clicking menu.

2. In the opening Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Auto link a cell color to another in Excel

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
    Me.Range("C1").Interior.Color = Me.Range("A1").Interior.Color
End Sub

Note: you can change the cells reference in the code as you need.

3. Go ahead to press the Alt + Q keys at the same time to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

From now on, when changing the fill color of cell A1, the fill color of cell C1 will be changed to the same color automatically.


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    Charles · 1 months ago
    Is it possible to link the color from one range on one sheet to another range of the same size on a different sheet? For example, I have alternating colors every couple of rows, and I want that color scheme to copy over to another sheet.
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      crystal · 12 days ago
      Hi Charles,
      The below code can do you a favor. If you want to link the color from range A1:A19 on Sheet1 to the same range "A1:A19" on Sheet2, please copy the code into the Sheet1's Code window, after that, click on any cell on Sheet1 to activate the code. Hope I can help. Thank you for your comment.

      Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
      Dim xRg As Range
      Dim xStrAddress As String
      xStrAddress = "Sheet2!$A$1:$A$19"
      Set xRg = Application.Range(xStrAddress)
      xRg.Interior.Color = Me.Range("A1:A19").Interior.Color
      End Sub
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    Amanda · 2 months ago
    Unfortunately it didn't work for me. I'm wondering if it is because the originating cell is a list with a conditional formatting rule to change background colors depending on what option is picked in the list.
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      crystal · 12 days ago
      Hi Amanda,
      This code doesn't work for the fill color assigned by conditional formatting rule. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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    Mario · 4 months ago
    If the cells are un different sheets?
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      crystal · 2 months ago
      Hi Mario,
      Supposing you want to link the color of cell A1 in current worksheet to range B1:J19 in Sheet2, please apply the below VBA code. After changing the fill color of A1, please click on another cell in current worksheet to activate the code.

      Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
      Dim xRg As Range
      Dim xStrAddress As String
      xStrAddress = "Sheet2!$B$1:$J$19"
      Set xRg = Application.Range(xStrAddress)
      xRg.Interior.Color = Me.Range("A1").Interior.Color
      End Sub
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        jgd · 2 months ago
        That worked. How would it work if you have A1 in Sheet1 changes to happen to B1 in Sheet2, but also A2 in Sheet1 changes to happen to B2 in Sheet2?
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          Viplov · 16 days ago
          Hi Can anyone help with above question asap, I am in dire need of it and running out of time.
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            crystal · 12 days ago
            Hi,
            The below VBA code can help you solve the problem. Thank you for your comment.

            Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
            Dim xRg As Range
            Dim xStrAddress As String
            xStrAddress = "Sheet2!$B$1"
            Set xRg = Application.Range(xStrAddress)
            xRg.Interior.Color = Me.Range("A1").Interior.Color
            xStrAddress = "Sheet2!$B$2"
            Set xRg = Application.Range(xStrAddress)
            xRg.Interior.Color = Me.Range("A2").Interior.Color
            xStrAddress = "Sheet2!$B$3"
            Set xRg = Application.Range(xStrAddress)
            xRg.Interior.Color = Me.Range("A3").Interior.Color
            End Sub
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    alejandro · 6 months ago
    y su el la celda A1 tiene un formato condicional ?
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    Rogerio · 7 months ago
    I saw up here, in the explanation, how to for one cell, how to do for few cells?
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      crystal · 3 months ago
      Hi Rogerio,
      Do you mean link the fill color of a cell to multiple cells at the same time?
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    Dustin · 11 months ago
    Is there a way to do this if the two cells are in different workbooks?
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      crystal · 9 months ago
      Hi Dustin,
      Can't handle different workbooks. Thank you for your comment.
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    Jessica · 1 years ago
    yes I would like to know how to mirror a color to another sheet??? I have a formula in both boxes but I would like the color of the one to mirror the color on the mainsheet when it changes. i.e... Training Date sheet is w/in 30 days and box changes to red; the corresponding box on mainsheet, the box with the "X" changes to red also.
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    g4m3rx · 2 years ago
    Great tutorial. Thanks :) !!!!
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    brigitte · 2 years ago
    what about between sheets in the same workbook - please advice how does the formula change? thanks!