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Excel/Macro to delete contents of green cells


Hi Tom

Would you know the code to delete the contents of all the cells on a worksheet that are highlighted green, assuming there is no easier way to do it?




It depends on what causes them to be highlighted in green and what color of green.

If someone has manually highlighted the cell, and it matches vbGreen then you could do

Sub clearcells()
Dim cell As Range
For Each cell In ActiveSheet.UsedRange
 If cell.Interior.Color = vbGreen Then
 End If

End Sub

This clears the cell of its formatting and its content.

You could check what vbGreen should actually be by selecting one of the cells and running the code below

Sub findcolor()
MsgBox "Active cell color is: " & ActiveCell.Interior.Color
End Sub

write down the number you see and replace vbGreen in the first code with the number.  

vbgreen equals  65280

but this number represents a darker shade of green:  5287936   as an example.  If the msgbox showed that number then the code would be

Sub clearcells()
Dim cell As Range
For Each cell In ActiveSheet.UsedRange
 If cell.Interior.Color = 5287936 Then
 End If

End Sub

Naturally, you would want to test any code on a copy of your workbook so you can easily recover your information if the macro doesn't do what you want.

If the shading of the cell is done with conditional formatting, then vba can't really see that.  The code would have to check the same condition as the conditional formatting to see whether to clear the cell or not.

Tom Ogilvy

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