In today’s tutorial, we’re gonna talk about how to use colour scales in Excel. Thanks to colour scales, you’ll be able to design a data table with a clear overview of the maximum, the minimum as well as the middle values.
So, let’s get into it!
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There are a few ways to use Excel graphical features to make your data presentations attractive. In previous tutorials, we went through various kinds of graphs, charts and data bars among others.
Today, we’ll have a closer look at ‘Color Scales’.
To use this function, you’ll need to select the data range to which you want to apply the colour scales, first.
Then go to the ‘Home’ tab, find ‘Styles’ and click on ‘Conditional Formatting’. There are several useful functions hidden here, in the ‘Conditional Formatting’ section. All of them come quite handy when you need to present your data in a clear way.
We’ll go for ‘Color Scales’ now and in the window that just appeared, we can select from two types of colour scales.
The first one contains a scale of three colours, the other one just two.
Select the first one: Green – Yellow – Red.
Excel immediately applies a scale in these colours on the selected cells. Red colour marks the minimum, green colour the maximum and the yellow marks the middle values.
Thanks to the different shades of the colours, we’re able to find our way through the set of data and spot quickly whether particular values are closer to the minimum or rather the maximum of the range.
We’re gonna move on now and see how we can edit the colour scale or, if necessary, how we can remove it.
Let’s start with the first case, which is editing the colour scale.
Click on any cell containing the selected data with the colour scale formatting.
Then click on ‘Conditional Formatting’ again and select ‘Manage Rules’.
Select ‘Edit Rule’ in the window that just appeared.
There’s a number of options for editing colour scales here. We’re gonna go only through the basic ones now.
In this part, you can still make up your mind whether you want to change to the two-colour or stick with the three-colour scale.
Below, you can pick specific colours based on what suits you best. In this case, we’ll choose this sharp red for the minimum and intense green for the maximum of the range.
Confirm with OK, then click on OK again.
Excel will adjust the scale according to the selected settings.
If you need to remove the colour scale, select ‘Clear Rules’ in the section ‘Conditional Formatting’, then click on ‘Clear Rules from Entire Sheet’, and that’s it!
The colour scale has been removed from the table.
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