How to Get Color of the Cell Using VBA in Microsoft Excel 2010

In this article, you will learn how to get color of the cell using VBA code.
We need to follow the below steps to launch VB editor.
Click on Developer tab

From Code group, select Visual Basic
Click on Insert, and then Module
This will create a new module.

Enter the following code in the Module

Function ColorIndex(CellColor As Range)

ColorIndex = CellColor.Interior.ColorIndex

End Function

To get the color of the below cells, refer below snapshot
In cell B2, enter the formula as =ColorIndex(A2) & then copy down the formula in below cells.
Let us take one more example:
To know how many times a particular color has repeated (count by color), refer below snapshot
We can use COUNTIF function along with newly created UDFColorIndex function.


COUNTIF: Counts the number of cells within a range that meets the condition.

Syntax: =COUNTIF(range,criteria)

range: It refers to the range of selected cells from which the criteria will check the number of items that have found.

criteria: The criteria define which cells to count.
In cell D2, the formula would be =COUNTIF($B$2:$B$9,ColorIndex(D2))
By copying the formula in cell E2, we will get the count by colors.
This is how we can get the color of any cell.


    • Yes, you can use VBA sheet_change event. Here is the link.

  1. Hi ,

    My issues is like , If cell A2 color is Green , i want to replicate the same color in another cell A8.. not color value.

    for example.
    A2 cell color = green , then A8 color is also green.
    if i change A2 color into red = A8 also turn into red.

    Kinldy help into this.

    Thanks in advance.

    • I had some success using a form of Range().Interior.Color equal to whatever reference cell has the color you want copied. Hope this helps some, I am still trying to adjust things to work correctly in Excel 2010, will update if I figure anything else out

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