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Shade a Cell with a Pattern

Summary: Add visual variety to your Excel 2003 spreadsheets.

To help a particular cell in a Microsoft Excel 2003 spreadsheet stand out from the rest, you can shade the cell's background with a variety of colored patterns, such as diagonal lines, crosshatches, or dots.

1. Right-click on a cell or cells to apply a pattern to and choose "Format Cell".

2. When the "Format Cells" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Patterns" box.

3. To completely shade a cell with a particular color, click the desired color from the selection of colors directly underneath "Cell shading".

4. Or, apply a patterned fill to the cell. Click a color from the bottom two rows of boxes. Then, click the "Pattern" pull-down and choose from a variety of patterns. Here, you can also choose other colors for the pattern.

5. When done, click "OK" to close the dialog box and apply your changes.

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Last Modified on: July 13, 2008, at 12:04 A.M. EDT

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