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How to shade every other column in Microsoft Excel?

If you shade columns or rows in Excel, the data in worksheets will be much easier to read. You may usually shade each column or rows manually one by one. However, it will be time-consuming for a big worksheet. So this article is going to talk about some tricks about how to shade every other column in Microsoft Excel quickly.

Shade every other column as follows:

arrow blue right bubble Shade every other column in Excel with Conditional Formatting command

Using Conditional Formatting command can shade every other row or column in a selection of Microsoft Excel.

Step 1: Select the range in which you will shade every other column.

Step 2: After clicking the Home > Conditional Formatting > New rules…, it shows the New Formatting Rule dialog box.

Step 3: In New Formatting Rule dialog box, Select the Use a formula to determine which cells to format item in the Select a Rule Type section. See screen shot (Fig. 2).

Step 4: Enter =MOD(COLUMN(),2) in the Format values where this formula is true: box. See the following screenshot:

Step 5: After clicking the Format button in the New Formatting Rule dialog box, it displays Format Cells dialog box.

Step 6: In the Format Cells dialog box, select one background color, and click OK button to save settings. See screen shot:

Then every other column in the selection is shaded with selected background color.

arrow blue right bubble Shade every other column in Excel with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, its Alternate Row/Column Shading tool can help you shade every other column or row quickly and conveniently.

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Step 1: Select the range in which you will shade every other column.

Step 2: Click the Kutools >Format Tools> Alternate Row/Column Shading. See screen shot:

Step 3: In Alternate Row / Column Shading dialog box, check Columns option and enter 1 in Shade Every box, and Click OK. See screen shot:

Then every other column in the selection is shaded with preset color.

Note: The Alternate Row Shading tool presets shade color, and user can customize the shade color in the Alternate Row / Column Shading dialog box.

Kutools for Excel's Alternate Row/column Shading tool can quickly apply shading to alternate rows or columns for a range cells in a worksheet from using the Conditional Formatting and standard formatting to improve the readability of your worksheet in Excel. Click to know more…

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