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Quickly select cells based on color or formatting in Excel

Sometimes you may need to select all cells based on formatting of other cells in Excel. Once the cells with same formatting are selected, you can modify them as a group. For example, you can apply different formatting to the selected cells.

Excel’s built-in command only select the cells which completely match the formatting of a cell, but with the Kutools for Excel’s Select Cells with Format utility, you can:

Select all cells with same / similar formatting of a cell

Select all cells by color of a cellDemo


arrow blue right bubble Click Kutools >> Select >> Select Cells with Format. See screenshots:

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arrow blue right bubble Select all cells with same / similar formatting of a cell

Supposing you have a range of data in worksheet as shown in the below screenshot and you want to select all cells with same formatting of a cell, you can get it done as follows.

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1. Apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Format, and in the Select Cells with Format dialog box do the following options:

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A : Select a range that you want to select the formatting same with the specified cell by clicking shot-button1 button.

 

B: Click Choose Format From Cell button to select a cell that you want to use its formatting.

 

 

C : All attributes of the base cell are displayed in the below list box. If you want to select all cells with the exactly same formatting of the base cell, please checked all attribute options.

 

 

D: If the range contains empty cells and you don’t want to select them, please check this  Ignore the blank cells option.

2. Then click OK button, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you how many cells will be selected.

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3. If you want to select the cells, please click Yes button, you will see all cells with the same formatting of your specific cell have been selected as shown in the below screenshots. If you want to search again, please click No.

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arrow blue right bubble Select all cells by color of a cell

Supposing you have a range as shown in the below screenshot and want to select all cells by using color of a cell, you can quickly get it done as follows.

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1. Apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Format, and in the Select Cells with Format dialog box do the following options:

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A : Select a range that you want to select the same colored cells with the specified cell by clicking shot-button1 button.

 

B : Click Choose Format From Cell button to select a cell which has the background color you want to use.

 

 

C : All attributes of the base cell are displayed in the below list box. We only need to check the color of cell to select all cells in this demo.

 

 

 

D : If the range contains empty cells and you don’t want to select them, please check this Ignore the blank cells option.

2. Then click OK button, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you how many cells will be selected.

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3. If you want to select the cells, please click Yes button, you will see all cells with the same color of your specific cell have been selected as shown in the below screenshots. If you want to search again, please click No.

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arrow blue right bubbleNote:

arrow To avoid selecting blank / empty cells, please checked Ignore the blank cells option.


arrow blue right bubbleSee Select Cells with Format feature demo (video 1)

Video 1.Select Cells with Format feature demo.


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