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    Custom Color in cells (excel 2003)

    I need a drop down menu (Validation "List", maybe?) and show different colors on the drop down menu.
    I changed some cell colors and Insert:Nameefined them as "Colors" then I went and did a Data:Validation:List:=Colors and it did the drop down like I thought but it had no colors.

    I need the user to have a drop down menu with an assortment of colors to choose from.

    Can this be done with VBA?

    Thank you,

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    Re: Custom Color in cells (excel 2003)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge.

    The various dropdown lists available to the Excel developer do not display different colors, at least not without advanced tricks. There are color palettes for fill color and for text color on the Formatting toolbar, but you cannot use them for other purposes.

    You can also use VBA code to display the Patterns tab of the Format | Cells... dialog by itself:


    You can display a dropdown list of color names, and use VBA code to apply the color of the selected name to whatever you want to color.

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    Re: Custom Color in cells (excel 2003)

    I am not sure if this is a good workaround, but John Walkenbach's site has a Color Picker Dialog Box that is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and customizable so it may be adaptable to your needs.


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