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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

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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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    Rogerio · 1 months ago
    I saw up here, in the explanation, how to for one cell, how to do for few cells?
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    Dustin · 4 months ago
    Is there a way to do this if the two cells are in different workbooks?
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      crystal · 3 months ago
      Hi Dustin,
      Can't handle different workbooks. Thank you for your comment.
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    Jessica · 9 months 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!