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    Cool Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    Hi,

    I have an issue that I can't seem to find anyone else having. Usually, when you want a cell's background-color to change depending on another cell's background-color, you can write "If A1 has .ColorIndex = 5, change to .ColorIndex = 5" for all the relevant colors, and then that does the job.

    BUT, I need it to change to whichever color is the background-color of the cell, and not just some predetermined colors.

    I'm making an pattern that includes 4 colors, and the cells for each color in the pattern (that I guess I can distinguish by writing 1,2,3,4 in them) should change when the color is changed in a "panel" containing 4 colors.

    Just so you get the hang of it, I've made a smaller pattern and a panel on the left side, see the picture Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 23.35.23.png
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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    Hi,

    Why not just use Conditional Formatting and the 'Use a formula' option then
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    and set the background fill colour to yellow and apply the CF to the whole of your required cell range matrix.
    Create three other CFs for the other three colours.
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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    That is a quick-fix, but not using the panel though, as I udnerstand it?

    I want it to automatically update when the colors of the panel is changed. By using CF like you say, I suppose I would have to enter the CF Panel each time to change the fill color

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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    try this, someone with better knowledge could tidy the code up

    the core othe the code can be found here

    http://www.computing.net/answers/off...ell/14571.html

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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    Thanks, Toonies! I've put the code into Excel now, but can't seem to get it working. Was there anything else I had to change other then myCellColor.Range?

    I now have this in Excel:
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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    You may try something like this....

    The following code assumes that the color palette is defined in the Range("B2:B5") i.e. the color palette contains 4 colors in it. For visualization I have inserted the numbering in those color cells in the attached.

    So if you input a number from 1 to 4 in any cell on the sheet, the cell color will be changed to the defined color in the color palette. You may add more colors in the palette and change the range in Set paletteRng = Range("B2:B5") line of code.
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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    Yey, thanks, sktneer! This work.. almost! The only problem I'm experiencing is that once I change a color in the palette, it doesn't update in the aldready numbered cells (see picture). Is there a way to add something to the code that makes it check for updates or something?
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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    Then try the following code.
    To make it work, after changing the color in the palette range, you need to re-input the no. again in the color palette cell i.e. if you change the color of the cell B2, after color change, reenter the number 1 in B2 and that will change the color of all the cells on the sheet which have 1 in them.
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    Re: Macro to change cell background color depending on another cell's background color

    Are you saying that the matrix contains the numbers 1-4 which remain in place all the time and you just change the 4 colour definition cells and want the matrix to react accordingly?

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