How to Remove Cell Shading in Google Sheets

Cell shading is an effective way to draw attention to data in your spreadsheet without having to modify the actual data itself. But you may have a cell to which you have previously applied a fill color, only to find that the data has changes, or that the formatting of the document dictates the removal of that existing fill color.

Fortunately you are able to remove existing fill color in Google Sheets and revert the cell to its default, fill color-less state. So continue reading our tutorial below and learn how to remove cell shading in Google Sheets.

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The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, in the Web browser version of Google Sheets. These steps assume that you currently have a cell with a fill color that you would like to remove. Note that we will be focusing primarily on removing an existing fill color with this article, but you can use very similar steps if you would like to change the fill color instead.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and open the spreadsheet containing the fill color that you want to remove.

Step 2: Select the cell with the fill color to remove. Note that you can hold down the Ctrl key and click multiple cells, if you would like to remove the fill color from more than one.

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Step 3: Click the Fill color button in the toolbar above the spreadsheet, then click the Reset option.

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