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Apply Cell Shading

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Cell shading can make your worksheets look more professional. They can also draw attention to specific parts of your worksheet.

This How-To Article shows you how to apply cell shading to a single cell or groups of cells.

Apply Cell Shading

1. Highlight the cells that you would like to apply the cell shading to. (Click and drag the mouse to highlight cells.) If you would like to apply cell shading to only one cell, then just click that cell.

2. Right-click the cell or cells that you highlighted, and select "Format Cells..." from the menu that appears.

3. Click the "Patterns" tab.

4. From the list of colors, click the color you would like to use as the cell color background (shading).

Tip: You can also click the "Pattern:" drop-down menu to select a pattern instead of a single color.

5. Click OK.

Tip: You can also apply much more formatting through this screen. Just browse through the other tabs.

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