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Hi

I have Excel cells with the background
Red 0
Green 21
Blue 62
and I want an ActiveX text box over to it to have the same background
color. The backcolor is &H00400000& but is still slightly different.
How do I change this to have the same color background as the cells?
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Question by:Murray Brown
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by:Rory Archibald
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Assign the cell's Interior.Color property to the textbox's BackColor property.
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by:Murray Brown
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Hi. Where do you find the cell's Interior.Color propert
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by:Rory Archibald
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Range("A1").Interior.Color
for example.
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by:Murray Brown
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using a msgbox I found that the interior color of the cell is 4068608
but how do apply this to the text box backcolor notation of &H00400000&
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by:rspahitz
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Also, &H00400000& is the same as Blue=64, Green=0 and Red=0
So you want to change that to &H003EF500&
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by:patrickab
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Murbro,

In a Forms TextBox you are limited to the built in colours shown in the BackColor Properties options. See attached file.

Patrick
textbox-colour-01.xls
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rspahitz earned 2000 total points
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Sorry...that's &H003E1500&

Just run your number through the Windows calculator then convert to Hex (in Programmer mode)
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by:Rory Archibald
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You don't have to convert:

Sheets("Sheet1").textbox1.backcolor = Range("A1").interior.color

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for example.
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by:patrickab
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Nice one - works well.
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by:Murray Brown
ID: 34918940
Spot on - didn't realise that was Hexidecimal.
Thanks.
Thanks to everyone else but this answer suited best,
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by:rspahitz
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Glad to help.  the other solutions would have worked if you wanted to use VBA, but it appeared you just needed the number.  Now you'll know that any time you see the &H prefix (and & suffix) it's telling you that it's talking hexadecimal :)

One other side note: the number consists of 4 parts, 2-digits each.  The right 2 are the red component, next 2 from the right are green next 2 are blue.  The leftmost 2 in some contexts (outside of Excel) are the transparency but here it refers to a code for how to interpret the rest of the number.  00 means use RGB; anything else is an index into the Windows color scheme and each number refers to something like ButtonText color, or HighlightedText color, etc.
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by:patrickab
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murbro,

Strange choice of an 'Accepted' answer when:

Sheets("Sheet1").textbox1.backcolor = Range("A1").interior.color

from rorya (comment ID:34917731) works perfectly without any need to convert numbers to hexadecimal.

Patrick
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by:rspahitz
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Patrick, my interpretation was that author was only looking at the property window and not doing any VB coding.  In that context, fixing a property without doing any coding was a good choice.  But as I mentioned, the VB choices were also good ways to handle it.
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by:Murray Brown
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Hi Patrick. I always appreciate your and Rory's help but in this instance I was manually changing properties and the answer was exactly what I needed
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by:patrickab
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murbro,

Thanks for the response. Given a choice between automation and doing something manually I tend to go for automation - provided it's not too complicated. In this instance rorya's answer seemed so much more elegant than messing around with hexadecimal numbers. But each to their own.

Patrick
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