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How to color chart based on cell color in Excel?

Normally, when you create a chart, the color of the column bar is the default. If you need to format filled color on each bar based on the cell colors as following screenshot shown, how could you solve it in Excel?

Color the chart with one or multiple data series based on cell color with VBA codes

Color the chart with one or multiple data series based on cell color with an amazing feature


Color the chart with one or multiple data series based on cell color with VBA codes

Color the chart with one data series based on cell color

With the following VBA code, you can quickly change the color of the chart which contains one data series based on the original cell values color, please do as this:

1. First, create a bar or column chart as following screenshot shown (Select data and click Insert > Insert Column or Bar Chart):

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

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

VBA code: Color chart bars with one data series based on cell color:

Sub ColorChartColumnsbyCellColor()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim xChart As Chart
    Dim I As Long, xRows As Long
    Dim xRg As Range, xCell As Range
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xChart = ActiveSheet.ChartObjects("Chart 1").Chart
    If xChart Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    With xChart.SeriesCollection(1)
        Set xRg = ActiveSheet.Range(Split(Split(.Formula, ",")(1), "!")(1))
        xRows = xRg.Rows.Count
        Set xRg = xRg(1)
        For I = 1 To xRows
            .Points(I).Format.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = ThisWorkbook.Colors(xRg.Offset(I - 1, 0).Interior.ColorIndex)
        Next
    End With
End Sub

Note: In the above code, Chart 1 is the chart name that you want to use, please change it to your own.

4. After pasting the above code, please press F5 key to run this code, and the color of the chart bars have been changed based on the original cell color, see screenshot:


Color the chart with multiple data series based on cell color

If your chart with multiple data series, please apply the following VBA code:

1. Please create the bar or column chart which contains multiple data series as following screenshot shown:

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

3. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module window.

VBA code: Color chart bars with multiple data series based on cell color:

Sub CellColorsToChart()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim xChart As Chart
    Dim I As Long, J As Long
    Dim xRowsOrCols As Long, xSCount As Long
    Dim xRg As Range, xCell As Range
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xChart = ActiveSheet.ChartObjects("Chart 1").Chart
    If xChart Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    xSCount = xChart.SeriesCollection.Count
    For I = 1 To xSCount
        J = 1
        With xChart.SeriesCollection(I)
            Set xRg = ActiveSheet.Range(Split(Split(.Formula, ",")(2), "!")(1))
            If xSCount > 4 Then
                xRowsOrCols = xRg.Columns.Count
            Else
                xRowsOrCols = xRg.Rows.Count
            End If
            For Each xCell In xRg
                .Points(J).Format.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = ThisWorkbook.Colors(xCell.Interior.ColorIndex)
                .Points(J).Format.Line.ForeColor.RGB = ThisWorkbook.Colors(xCell.Interior.ColorIndex)
                J = J + 1
            Next
        End With
    Next
End Sub

4. Then press F5 key to run this code, the chart bars are filled with original cells color at once, see screenshot:

Notes:

1. In the above code, Chart 1 is the chart name that you want to use, please change it to your own.

2. This code also can be applied to a line chart.


Color the chart with one or multiple data series based on cell color with an amazing feature

By using the above codes, the colors of the chart will not always be matched with the cell color, to solve this problem, here, I will introduce a useful tool - Change Chart Color According to Cell Color of Kutools for Excel, with this handy feature, you can color the chart based on the cell color quickly and easily.

Note: To apply this Change Chart Color According to Cell Color, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the feature quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. First, please insert the chart that you want to use, and then select the chart, then click Kutools > Charts > Chart Tools > Change Chart Color According to Cell Color, see screenshot:

2. And then, a prompt box is popped out, please click OK button.

3. Now, the chart you selected has been colored based on the cell colors as below screenshots shown:

Color the chart with one data series based on cell color

Color the chart with multiple data series based on cell color

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For more than 1 Chart:



Sub CellColorsToChart()'Updateby Extendoffice
Dim xChart As Chart
Dim I As Long, J As Long, Y As Long
Dim xRowsOrCols As Long, xSCount As Long Dim xRg As Range, xCell As Range
On Error Resume Next

For Y = 1 To 100Set xChart = ActiveSheet.ChartObjects("Chart "&Y).Chart If xChart Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
xSCount = xChart.SeriesCollection.Count
For I = 1 To xSCount
J = 1
With xChart.SeriesCollection(I)
Set xRg = ActiveSheet.Range(Split(Split(.Formula, ",")(2), "!")(1))
If xSCount > 4 Then
xRowsOrCols = xRg.Columns.Count
Else
xRowsOrCols = xRg.Rows.Count
End If
For Each xCell In xRg
.Points(J).Format.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = ThisWorkbook.Colors(xCell.Interior.ColorIndex)
.Points(J).Format.Line.ForeColor.RGB = ThisWorkbook.Colors(xCell.Interior.ColorIndex)
J = J + 1
Next
End WithNext
Next
End Sub

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If i have more charts in my sheet? do you have another code?
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It is ok. But... why simply not going to "Format Legend Entry" option in every data series in the chart, and go "Fill" and make it the color you want. I mean... all is ok, but a VBA code for this simple task is kinda overkill. But thanks. Appreciate you share it.
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i cant make it work :( is this supposed to work on a stacked bar chart? Thanks
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This was an awesome start, but the colors of the chart and the cells don't always match. Any idea why?
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Thank you for the codes! How would you add a conditional format when the format is already established?
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Thank you for these codes! This was exactly what I've been looking for with one detail not quite fitting. When I ran the code, the bar graphs colored in correctly but not legend which stayed unchanged. Is there a variation to the code that would include the legend? Or is there a way to match the Legend to the changes in the chart without a code?
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If i have more charts in my sheet? do you have another code?
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