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VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

As Microsoft is releasing new versions of Excel after every few years, they are working on adding more and more features in the application to support increased user demands. There are hundreds of formulas/functions available in Excel which can be used to get any type of information from the data.

Have you ever felt that Microsoft should have added a formula in Excel which can count the cells based on specific color? I have seen many code requests to share a VBA code that can count the cells by its color.

To help our subscribers and developers, we are sharing 2 codes that be used to count the cells with specific color and returns the count of the matching color cells.

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

Let’s have a look at the first code:

Public Function CountByColor(rng As Range, Red As Long, Green As Long, Blue As Long) As Long
    'Variable declaration
    Dim lCount As Long
    Dim rngCell As Range
    'Loop throught each cell in the range
    For Each rngCell In rng
        'Checking and count color
        If rngCell.Interior.Color = RGB(Red, Green, Blue) Then
            lCount = lCount + 1
        End If
    Next
    'Return the value
    CountByColor = lCount
End Function

Below is the second code to count cells by color:

Public Function CountByColor(rng As Range, ColorCell As Range) As Double
    'Variable declaration
    Dim lCount As Long
    Dim rngCell As Range
    'Loop throught each cell in the range
    For Each rngCell In rng
        'Checking and count color
        If rngCell.Interior.Color = ColorCell.Interior.Color Then
            lCount = lCount + 1
        End If
    Next
    'Return the value
    CountByColor = lCount
End Function

Note
It is worth to mention that both above codes do not count the cells where colors are coming through conditional formatting.

How can I use this VBA code?

If you want to use this code in your VBA tool, then follow below steps:

Step 1: Open the Excel file in which you want to copy this code

Step 2: Press Alt+F11 to open VBA editor

Step 3: Insert a new module from Insert > Module menu

Step 4: Paste the code in the module

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

Step 5: Now you are ready to use this code as Excel Function/Formula

Step 6: Type the formula in the cell where you want to get the count of specific colored cells

First Code Example:=CountByColor(A2:A11,146, 208, 80)

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

The first parameter of the formula is the range from which you want to count the specific color cells. The second, third and fourth parameters are RGB code of the color.

Second Code Example:=CountByColor(A2:A11,A8)

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

The first parameter of the formula is the range from which you want to count the specific color cells. The second parameter is the cell from which you want to compare the color.

In the first VBA code, we have used RGB color codes to find the matching cells and sum the values. You can find RGB codes of any color using following steps:

Step 1: Select the cell which contain the color you want to use

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

Step 2: Right click and select ‘Format Cells…’

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

Step 3: In the Format Cells dialog box go to ‘Fill’ tab and click on ‘More Colors…’

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

Step 4: That’s all, in the ‘Color’ dialog box, you can view the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) codes of the color

VBA Code to Count Cells by Color

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