Customizing an Excel spreadsheet can make it easier to read. This is especially true of large spreadsheets that contain rows and columns of very similar data. One way that people like to simplify data organization is by using cell fill colors to indicate that certain types of data are related or similar. But if you start making changes to the values in those cells, or if you move around a lot of data, this cell fill characteristic can get a little messy. In those cases it is often simpler to clear all of the cell fill colors by simultaneously changing them all to white.
How to Make All Cell Backgrounds White in Excel 2010
Switching everything back to a white cell background can serve as a kind of reset switch that will make your work with the spreadsheet a little simpler. Individually changing the cell color for all of the cells in a worksheet can be tedious, as it is much easier to set the fill color for multiple cells simultaneously. So continue reading below to learn how to change all of your cell fill colors to white in Excel 2010.
Step 1: Open the spreadsheet that you want to edit.
Step 2: Select all of the cells containing the cell fill color that you want to set to white. I have manually selected my cells in the image below, but you can also click the cell at the top-left corner of the spreadsheet to select the entire thing. That cell is circled in the image below.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Fill Color icon.
Step 5: Click the White color icon in the drop-down menu.
You can also elect to use the No Fill option instead of the white color option. Depending upon the other customizations you have made to your spreadsheet, this could be a preferable options.
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