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How to concatenate cell columns and keep text color in Excel?

As we all known, while concatenating or combining cell columns into one column, the cell formatting (such as text font color, number formatting, etc) will be lost. This article, I will introduce some tricks to combine the cell columns into one and keep the text color as easily as possible in Excel.

Concatenate cell columns and keep text font color with VBA code

Concatenate cell columns and keep text font color with VBA code

To finish this task in Excel, the following VBA code may do you a favor, please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: concatenate cell columns and keep text color:

Sub MergeFormatCell()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim xSRg As Range
    Dim xDRg As Range
    Dim xRgEachRow As Range
    Dim xRgEach As Range
    Dim xRgVal As String
    Dim I As Integer
    Dim xRgLen As Integer
    Dim xSRgRows As Integer
    Dim xAddress As String
    On Error Resume Next
    xAddress = ActiveWindow.RangeSelection.Address
    Set xSRg = Application.InputBox("Please select cell columns to concatenate:", "KuTools For Excel", xAddress, , , , , 8)
    If xSRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    xSRgRows = xSRg.Rows.Count
    Set xDRg = Application.InputBox("Please select cells to output the result:", "KuTools For Excel", , , , , , 8)
    If xDRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    Set xDRg = xDRg(1)
    For I = 1 To xSRgRows
        xRgLen = 1
        With xDRg.Offset(I - 1)
            .Value = vbNullString
            Set xRgEachRow = xSRg(1).Offset(I - 1).Resize(1, xSRg.Columns.Count)
            For Each xRgEach In xRgEachRow
                .Value = .Value & Trim(xRgEach.Value) & " "
            For Each xRgEach In xRgEachRow
                xRgVal = xRgEach.Value
                With .Characters(xRgLen, Len(Trim(xRgVal))).Font
                .Name = xRgEach.Font.Name
                .FontStyle = xRgEach.Font.FontStyle
                .Size = xRgEach.Font.Size
                .Strikethrough = xRgEach.Font.Strikethrough
                .Superscript = xRgEach.Font.Superscript
                .Subscript = xRgEach.Font.Subscript
                .OutlineFont = xRgEach.Font.OutlineFont
                .Shadow = xRgEach.Font.Shadow
                .Underline = xRgEach.Font.Underline
                .ColorIndex = xRgEach.Font.ColorIndex
                End With
                xRgLen = xRgLen + Len(Trim(xRgVal)) + 1
        End With
    Next I
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and a prompt box is popped out to remind you to select the data range you want to combine with text color, see screenshot:

4. And then click OK, another dialog box is appeared, please select the cells where you want to output the combined results, see screenshot:

5. Then click OK button, the columns have been concatenated without losing the text color as following screenshot shown:

Note: If the data which needed to be combine includes numbers, then macro code cannot work correctly.

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This code works really well. But, how do I add space before or after the text?
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This methods works well, until xRgLen is higher than 255.
It looks this parameter is a byte :-(
How can this limitation been overtaken ?
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Fantástica la macro de concatenar cadena de texto conservando formato de origen. En mi caso no funcionaba con F5, pero en la pestaña macro, modificar y opciones me permite entrar el modo de ejecucion con CTRL+letra y funciona de maravilla. Muchas gracias.
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Habría manera de hacerlo con números?
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Thanks for the code.
If the text has "( )",  for example "tomate (tomates)". It doesn't work as well. Is there something to modify in order to work with "( ) "?
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Hello Rah,
How are you? If the text has "( )", we don't need to change the VBA code. Please see the screenshot, the text "tomato (tomatoes)" can be successfully combined with other cell columns into one column. Hope it may help you.
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thanks for the code!
Can it be automatically update the concatenate column if any change make?
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Hi, Kathy,
Sorry, at present, there is no good way for doing that, you need to run the code again after changing the cell content. 😂
Thank you!
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Alright, thanks for your reply
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