# [Color 53] - 1142 - Learn Excel from MrExcel Podcast

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This video has been published on Nov 11, 2009 .
You can specify up to eight colors in the custom number format box. But wait...you can actually do all 56 colors from the Excel 2003 color palette! Episode 1142 shows you how.

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Transcript of the video:
Hey, welcome back to the MrExcel netcast, I'm Bill Jelen.
Basically, you start out with massive amounts of data, and say “How we're going to analyze this?” Well, let's fire up a Pivot table and see if we can solve this problem!
Hey, welcome back to the MrExcel netcast, I'm Bill Jelen.
Here is a BEAUTIFUL trick!
I got this from Mike Alexander, you know Mike and I do the Data Analyst Boot Camp, and I do the morning, he does the afternoon.
I was sitting there in the afternoon reading emails, and all of a sudden I looked up and I saw this amazing trick!
Now we've covered this one before, where we can use a color in the number format, so when we go look at this, Ctrl+1, you have those different zones there.
So we're saying “Hey, positive is green, negative is going to be red.” And what we get is, if it's a negative number you get red, if it's a positive number, you get the color that you use.
But you know, unfortunately, you're limited to the 8 colors, or so I thought, red, blue, green, cyan, yellow, black, white, maybe magenta, I don't know.
But Mike discovered that you're not limited to those eight colors, you can use any of the 56 colors in the Excel color palette.
The way you do it is in the custom number format, just specify in square brackets, “color “, and a number from 1-56, and you get those colors.
I've built them all down here, look at all the different colors you can build in your custom number format, very, very cool way to go!
Thanks to Mike Alexander for letting me steal that trick, thanks to you for stopping by, we'll see you next time for another netcast from MrExcel!
Well thanks for stopping by, we'll see you next time for another netcast from MrExcel!

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