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How to make the background color of checkbox transparent in Excel?

Normally, when inserting checkboxes (ActiveX Control) in cells in Excel, the checkbox background color will cover the fill color of the worksheet as below screenshot. For displaying the whole background color of the worksheet, you need to change the checkbox’s background color to be transparent. And this article will provide a VBA method to solve this problem.

Make background color of checkbox transparent with VBA code


Make background color of checkbox transparent with VBA code


Please do as follows to make the background color of checkboxes transparent with VBA code.

1. In the worksheet contains the checkboxes you need to make them transparent, press the Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Make the background color of checkboxes transparent

Sub CheckBoxTransparent()
    Dim xOleChk As OLEObject
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For Each xOleChk In ActiveSheet.OLEObjects
        If TypeName(xOleChk.Object) = "CheckBox" Then
            xOleChk.Object.BackStyle = fmBackStyleTransparent
        End If
    Next
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key or click the Run button to run the code. Then all checkboxes in current worksheet become transparent. See screenshot:

Tip: If you want to insert multiple check boxes into a selected range in bulk, you can try the Batch Insert Check Boxes utility pf Kutools for Excel. Or batch insert multiple Option Buttons with the Batch Insert Option Buttons utility. Besides, you can delete all check boxes at once with the Batch Delete Check Boxes utility as below screenshots shown. You can go to free download the software with no limitation in 60 days.


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