Add color to sheet tabs

color coded sheet tabs

  1. Select the sheets you want to color.


When you enter or change data, the changes affect all selected sheets. These changes may replace data on the active sheet and other selected sheets.

To select Do this
A single sheet

Click the sheet tab.

Sheet tabs showing Sheet2 selected

If you don't see the tab you want, click the tab scrolling buttons to display the tab, and then click the tab.

Tab scrolling buttons

Two or more adjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet, and then hold down SHIFT and click the tab for the last sheet.
Two or more nonadjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet, and then hold down CTRL and click the tabs for the other sheets.
All sheets in a workbook Right-click a sheet tab, and then click Select All Sheets on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.).

 Note   If sheet tabs have been color-coded, the sheet tab name will be underlined in a user-specified color when selected. If the sheet tab is displayed with a background color, the sheet has not been selected.

ShowCancel a selection of multiple sheets

To cancel a selection of multiple sheets in a workbook, click any unselected sheet.

If no unselected sheet is visible, right-click the tab of a selected sheet. Then click Ungroup Sheets on the shortcut menu.

  1. On the Format menu, point to Sheet, and then click Tab Color. You can also right-click on the sheet tab and then click Tab Color.
  2. Click on the color you want and click OK.
Applies to:
Excel 2003