Create Drop Down List in Excel with Color

Original Question:-

How to add drop down list with color in Microsoft Excel?
So I figured out how to create a dropdown menu in Excel. I would like to color code the menu options. Here is my menu list: Green, Red, Yellow, and Blue. I have them in the dropdown menu and I would like to put their associated name with the appropriate color background rather than just using the white cell with black letters. Green would have a green cell color, Red would have a red cell color, and so on and so forth.
I made a list:
List (Color needed)
Extreme (Red)
High (Orange)
Moderate (Green)
Low (Yellow)
Then I went to data validation and made the list in a dropdown menu.

What I would like to do Is that I when I choose option Extreme from the dropdown menu I created I would like it to have a Red color either text or cell color. But I would like the color to change depending on option I pick from the list.
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To add color in drop down list with color we will make a list of color in Excel follow below given steps:-

  • Select any cell in the sheet.
  • Go To Data tab.
  • Data Tools > Data Validation.

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  • In the Settings tab > List > Source ($A$2:$A$4)

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  • Click on OK.

How to add drop down list with color in Excel?

To create dropdown list in Excel with colors, follow below given steps:-

  • Select the dropdown list.
  • Go to Conditional Formatting > New Rule.

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  • Click on New Rule > Format only cells that contain > Specific Text > Containing > Blue.

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  • Click on Format > Fill tab > select the blue color

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  • Click on OK.
  • Repeat the same steps to add the Red and Green color.


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When we select any color name from the dropdown list, cell color will get changed.


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This is the way to adding color to a drop down box or color cell drop down in Microsoft Excel.


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