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Excel: How to fix/lock background color in a sheet

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2022-07-13

Sometimes, when you share a sheet with others to edit, you may want to lock the background color in a range of cells and prevent them to be changed. In this case, you can protect the sheet and not allow others to change cell format to achieve this job.
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Fix background color in a sheet

Fix background color in a sheet

1. Firstly, before protecting the sheets, you need to make sure that if the cells you want to fix the background color are locked. Select the cells, and right-click to choose Format Cells from the context menu.
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2. In the Format Cells dialog, under Protection tab, keep Locked checkbox ticked (default, it is checked). Click OK.
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3. Click Review tab, and go to click Protect Sheet.
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4. In the Protect Sheet dialog, enter the password into the textbox, uncheck Format cells option only, and click OK.
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5. In the popping Confirm Password dialog, retype the password again. Click OK.
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Now all the cell formatting (including background color) in the worksheet cannot be changed.
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Tip: if you want to fix background color across multiple sheets, except protecting the sheets one by one, you can apply the Protect Worksheets feature of Kutools for Excel to protect multiple sheets at once.
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For more details about this feature, please visit the tutorial.

For 30-day free trial of Kutools for Excel, please download from here.

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