Microsoft Excel

2.1 Opening Microsoft Excel 2.2 Microsoft Excel Startup Screen 2.4 Introduction to the Excel Interface 2.5 Customizing the Excel Quick Access Toolbar 2.6 More on the Excel Interface 2.7 Understanding the Structure of an Excel Workbook 2.8 Saving an Excel Document 2.9 Opening an Existing Excel Document 2.10 Common Excel Shortcut Keys 3.1 Entering Text to Create Spreadsheet Titles 3.2 Working with Numeric Data in Excel 3.3 Entering Date Values in Excel 3.4 Working with Cell References 3.5 Creating Basic Formulas in Excel 3.6 Relative Versus Absolute Cell References in Formulas 3.7 Understanding the Order of Operation 4.1 The structure of an Excel Function 4.2 Working with the SUM() Function – Excel 4.3 Working with the MIN() and MAX() Functions 4.4 Working with the AVERAGE() Function 4.5 Working with the COUNT() Function 4.6 Adjacent Cells Error in Excel Calculations 4.7 Using the AutoSum Command 4.8 Excel’s AutoSum Shortcut Key 4.9 Using the AutoFill Command to Copy Formulas 5.1 Moving and Copying Data in an Excel Worksheet 5.2. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns 5.3. Changing the Width and Height of Cells 5.4 Hiding and Unhiding Excel Rows and Columns 5.5 Renaming an Excel Worksheet 5.6. Deleting an Excel Worksheet 5.7 Moving and Copying an Excel Worksheet 6.1 Working with Font Formatting Commands 6.2. Changing the Background Color of a Cell 6.3. Adding Borders to Cells 6.4. Formatting Data as Currency Values 6.5. Formatting Percentages 6.6. Using Excel’s Format Painter 6.7. Creating Styles to Format Data 6.8. Merging and Centering Cells 6.9. Using Conditional Formatting 7.1 Inserting Images and Shapes into an Excel Worksheet 7.2 Inserting Shapes In Excel 7.3 Formatting Excel Shapes 7.4. Working with Excel SmartArt 8.1. Creating an Excel Column Chart 8.2. Working with the Excel Chart Ribbon 8.3. Adding and Modifying Data on an Excel Chart 8.4. Formatting an Excel Chart 8.5. Moving a Chart to another Worksheet 8.6. Working with Excel Pie Charts 9.1. Viewing your Document in Print Preview 9.2. Changing the Margins, Scaling and Orientation 9.3 Adding Header and Footer Content 9.4 Printing a Specific Range of Cells 10.1. Intro to Excel Templates 10.3. Opening an Existing Template 10.4. Creating a Custom Template 13.1 Understanding Excel List Structure 13.2 Sorting a List Using Single Level Sort 13.3 Sorting a List Using Multi-Level Sorts 13.4 Using Custom Sorts in an Excel List 13.5 Filter an Excel List Using the AutoFilter Tool 13.6 Creating Subtotals in a List 13.7 Format a List as a Table 13.8 Using Conditional Formatting to Find Duplicates 13.9 Removing Duplicates in Excel 14.1 Excel DSUM Function Single Criteria 14.2 Excel DSUM Function with OR Criteria 14.3 Excel DSUM Function with AND Criteria 14.4 Excel Function: DAVERAGE() 14.5 Excel Function: DCOUNT() 14.6 Excel Function: SUBTOTAL() 15.1 Creating an Excel Data Validation List 15.2 Excel Decimal Data Validation 15.3 Adding a Custom Excel Data Validation Error 15.4 Dynamic Formulas by Using Excel Data Validation Techniques 16.1 Importing Data from Text Files into Excel 16.2 Excel 2019

6.2. Changing the Background Color of a Cell

The formatting that we have so far dealing with the font is only one aspect of formatting, and it is a small one. We just made something bold and change the font size. Now we have also got colors that we can throw into the mix as well not just for the font but for the background.

Now, I want the background of my bills or my headers here to be a different color.

First step, you got to highlight the cell or cells that you want to format.

So, all of those highlighted (B5 to G5 cells), I am going to go back to Home tab underneath my Font section. I have got what looks like a little paint bucket and if I get that a click, I got all these other colors that, I can pick from to change the background of these cells.

+ Change background color

Changing the Background Color of a Cell 1

+ Change font color

Changing the Background Color of a Cell 2

It is a nice strong contrast in their blue background white font, looks so slick.

So, you cannot only change the font, you can change the font color. You can also change the background of the cells themselves.

Once again it creates a lot of separation between the data.

So, I am going to hold Ctrl key, also highlight noncontiguous groups of cells. these cells then format for them.

Changing the Background Color of a Cell 3

Once again separation in there making a little more accessible a little more readable drawing the user’s attention.

Now we are focused in on those amounts because they are so different than the rest of the data out there.

So, try it out, add some color to your document change the font color, change the background of your cells, highlight a group of cells. Use the paint bucket add some light to this document and start to lead the users draw their attention to specific areas and create separation between the different sets of content.