How to copy table cell shading to another cell in Word?

Discussion in 'Word Tables' started by owyheerover, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. owyheerover

    owyheerover Guest

    I have added cell shading to a table cell in word. Now I would like to
    repeat this color in another cell. But I cannot figure out what the current
    color is.

    The "Shading" tool does not display the current shading of the cell.

    When the cell was first shaded, the color was then displayed in the
    "recently used colors" list. But since closing word and reopening, this list
    is blank.

    How can I determine what the cell shading is, or copy the shading to another

    owyheerover, Nov 27, 2008
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  2. If you selectt he cell, and then do Format > Borders and Shading... >
    Shading tab, Word will tell you the shade being used in the current cell.
    Just make sure to select cell(s) that all have the exact same colour.

    To copy quickly from one cell to another, I believe you need a macro for
    that. Do you want to go that way or just do it manually?
    Jean-Guy Marcil, Nov 27, 2008
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  3. owyheerover

    owyheerover Guest

    owyheerover, Nov 27, 2008
  4. The following will set the shading of the first table in a document to the
    shading that is applied to the cell in the first column of the first row of
    the second table in the document.

    With ActiveDocument
    .Tables(1).Shading.BackgroundPatternColor = .Tables(2).Cell(1,
    End With

    Hope this helps.

    Please reply to the newsgroup unless you wish to avail yourself of my
    services on a paid consulting basis.

    Doug Robbins - Word MVP
    Doug Robbins - Word MVP, Nov 27, 2008
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    Klaus Linke Guest

    If you've done one cell, you can select another cell and hit F4, to apply
    the same shading.

    Klaus Linke, Nov 28, 2008
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    hks Guest

    you can ctrl + c to cell padding which you want copy, or you block your
    cell padding after that copy..
    and paste to your word.
    hks, Nov 28, 2008
  7. And if you click on "More Colours..."?
    Jean-Guy Marcil, Nov 28, 2008
  8. It's too bad that W2007 is even more picky about giving up the color numbers
    than W2003 is (you can't just have the cursor in the cell; the cell must be
    selected, etc.). You've probably already noticed that as long as you are in
    the same W2007 session that the color was chosen in, it will be highlighted
    in either in the theme, standard colors, or recent colors sections of the
    shading dropdown. In later sessions, go to the reveal formatting pane
    (styles pane > style inspector (does anyone see a use for this feature?)
    button > reveal formatting button—or add the reveal formatting command to
    your QAT) to get the color number.

    PamC via, Nov 29, 2008
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    Jamason Guest


    I did a alt print scrn
    pasted the screen in to MS paint and used the color picker to select the color. You will see that it has now selected that color in the foreground color block.

    Now select Edit colors and there you will find the colours red 102, green, 232, blue 123, use this back in word or excel to use your color.

    Jamason, Oct 23, 2010
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    Dan Guest

    I ran into this same issue in Word 2010 and finally figured it out:

    1. Click in the cell you want to inspect
    2. On the Table Layout ribbon, all the way on the left click the "Select" drop-down and choose "Select Cell"
    3. Right-click on the selected cell
    4. Choose "Borders and Shading..."

    Now the Borders and Shading dialog shows the current properties of the selected cell, including Fill color on the Shading tab.
    Dan, Oct 13, 2011
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    , Oct 10, 2013
  12. owyheerover


    Click on the cell that has the color you wish to copy. Right click to get to Borders & Shading. The RGB color code appears (i.e., 238,236,225). Make note of the code. Click on "More Colors" and then the "Color Sliders" symbol. While the subject cell(s) are still highlighted, input the RGB colorcodes. For example 238 for Red, 236 for Green, and 225 for Blue. Click ok and the color is then applied to the highlighted cell(s) in your document.. BTW, this is working with Word for Mac 2011.
    , Oct 10, 2013
  13. owyheerover


    I ran into the same issue, I created a video of my solution if anyone still needs the info.

    , Jan 16, 2014
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