Conditional Formatting to change the Fill color of a cell based on the hex value of a different cell.

Mr. Snrub

Board Regular
May 22, 2005
I have a block of cells A1:D4. I want to set the fill color of that block based on the value of cell F1, which should have the form #XXXXXX, where “X” is a hexadecimal digit. And as I change the values of cell F1 the fill colors change as well. Is this possible? I tried conditional formatting rules but it looks like I can only set the fill color to a single static value.

Gerald Higgins

Well-known Member
Mar 26, 2007
Conditional formating should be able to do this, or something like it.
The fact that F1 contains hexadecimal digits is, I think, irrelevant, Excel will just use the underlying value, regardless of how it's formatted.
But I think you might have to set up a new CF rule for each different colour that you want, and that could be fiddly, IF you want lots of colours.
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Mr. Snrub

Board Regular
May 22, 2005
Errrr... yeah that’s not ideal.

How about this, then: I set the fill color of F1 through the Font menu, then I click a button that executes a VBA macro that will set the Fill color of cells A1:D4. That might be a better solution anyway.

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