Pivot Chart Color Theme Customization Possible?


Board Regular
Mar 6, 2018
Hey All,

Just a quick question I cannot find an article or answer to.

I have a table of data represented in pivot tables/charts. It covers several call center metrics in a line graph format (Calls Offered, Calls Answered, Calls Abandoned). I want to set a monochromatic color scheme / year for the data, so that they the graphs don't look like a ClusterF. Unfortunately, when I apply color schemes it will only apply it to the whole graph. Is there a way to specify Pivot Table color scheme per series of data (what appears in the Columns section [Year, and Values]), so that each year gets its own monochromatic color scheme.

As we are moving into 2019 my boss asked that I overlay the 2019 metrics with previous years data so that management can compare. Unfortunately, since the graphs show multiple metrics it just makes them look horrible in the overlay.




Well-known Member
Oct 30, 2011
Hey Kris

Each series can be formatted individually:

Sub FormatSeries()
Dim s As Series, i%, sn$
sn = ""
For i = 1 To ActiveChart.SeriesCollection.Count
    Set s = ActiveChart.FullSeriesCollection(i)
    sn = sn & s.Name & vbLf
    With s.Format.Line
        .Visible = msoTrue
        .ForeColor.ObjectThemeColor = i + 4
        .ForeColor.TintAndShade = 0
        .ForeColor.Brightness = 0.6
        .Transparency = 0.1
    End With
MsgBox sn, 64, "Formatted series"
End Sub

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