Excel Hack

Excel fill color shortcut

Normally, if you want to apply a fill color to a cell in Excel, it would require several mouse clicks, but the keyboard shortcut we will show you allows you to apply a fill color to a cell without having to reach for the mouse. Also, if the color you are looking for is not available in the palette, you can choose the color you prefer from the Colors dialog box. Remembering this method will be very useful when you want to highlight cells.

Fill color shortcut

Display a color palette of fill colors

Windows
Access Key: Alt + H + H

Mac
None

Display the Colors dialog box

Windows
Access Key: Alt + H + H + M

Mac
None

Apply fill color

This is a method of applying fill color using shortcut keys.

Total Time: 1 minute

Select a cell

Select a cell

Select the cells to which you want to apply the fill color.

Select the fill color

Select the fill color

Press Alt + H + H to display the color palette for the fill color. Use (Down Arrow key) or (Right Arrow key) to select any color.

Fill color applied

Fill color applied

Press Enter. The fill color has been applied.

Selecting a fill color in the Colors dialog box

Select a cell

Select the cells to which you want to apply the fill color.

Select your favorite color

Press Alt + H + H + M to display the Colors dialog box.

Press Alt + C to select colors, then use (Down Arrow key) or other keys to select any color.

Fill color applied

Press Enter. The fill color has been applied.