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I am wanting to make it so when I click on a cell and I get a drop down list - that I can change the background color of that cell to say a list of five colors. Example of use: I have built a calendar and I have a legend that shows five different events - each event is represented by a color, I select a date and I want to change the background color but not the date in the cell to show that an event is happening on the date. Again, create a drop down box to change the color of that cell without changing the data in the cell - in this example, it would have a date and all I want to do is change the background color of that cell.

a drop down list would be "data validation" but that would only allow you to change the value - if you already have the dates of the event, then conditional formatting could do it - otherwise, you'd need to use some VBA which may prove more complicated than simply applying the formatting you want to the cell - happy to help further and if it helps my direct email is
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


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