Excel field shading that doesn't print?

I've created a fillable form using Excel 2010.  I've protected the form for filling.  What I would like to do is shade the fields that a user can fill, but not have that shading print.  Unfortunately, there ARE fields that have shading that should print, so I can't turn off all printing of field shading.  Is there a way to shade a field and not have that shading print?  Or is there another way to highlight fillable fields?
witzph1Asked:
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Since you want some shaded fields printed, then the way I approach this is to have very light shading where I do not need it printed and darker shading where I want it printed. This normally works really well as light shading tends not to show up at all.

You could also use a very light colour, but generally I find the lightest shading works best.

I do not know of any "non-printing" shading - just light shades and colours.

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witzph1Author Commented:
You are probably right about that.  I'll wait to see if anyone else weighs in on this before I close it out.  But that sounds like a reasonable work-around if what I want isn't possible.
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Dim ctl As Control

For Each ctl In Controls
    if ctl.BackColor = 'specify your shading color
        ctl.Visible = False
    End If
Next
' Do printing

For Each ctl In Controls
    ctl.Visible = True
Next
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Or

Dim ctl As Control

For Each ctl In Controls
    if ctl.BackColor = 'specify your shading color
        ctl.BackColor = ' specify normal color
ctl.Tag = "Fill me"
    End If
Next
' Do printing

For Each ctl In Controls
    If ctl.Tag = "Fill me" Then
        ctl.Backcolor = ' specify shading color
    End If
Next
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Or set the Tag property of the shaded controls in the IDE and then

Dim ctl As Control

For Each ctl In Controls
    if ctl.Tag = "Fill me"
        ctl.BackColor = ' specify normal color
    End If
Next
' Do printing

For Each ctl In Controls
    If ctl.Tag = "Fill me" Then
        ctl.Backcolor = ' specify shading color
    End If
Next
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witzph1Author Commented:
MartinLiss, I think you are on the right track for what I need!  

I'm a little rusty of VB, so just to clarify, depending on which of your options I choose, would I enter the code in the VBAProject | ThisWorkbook sheet of VB Editor?

And which of your three options do you think would work best?  

Also, how do I specify a color shade? By RBG number?
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
I just reread your question and I need to ask, is this a userform we're talking about?
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witzph1Author Commented:
It's an Excel 2010 template (xltx) file.  The template is an employee appraisal form.  It is intended to filled out by managers when getting ready for an employee review.  There are quite a few fields that are not editable by the manager once I protect the document for forms.  To help guide their eye (even though they could simply press tab to go to the next fillable field) I would like the fillable fields to be shaded, but not have the shading print.  Make sense?
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Unfortunately yes since my "Solutions" were for userforms. Sorry.
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witzph1Author Commented:
Thinkads_User, my printer must be too good.  No matter how light I get the shading it prints.  And I've got it so light I can barely see it on-screen, which is where I want to see it plainly.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not sure what else to suggest here especially given the other expert input.

  What about putting a coloured border around fields to fill but zero shading. Then use shading where you need and can allow it to print?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I thought some more about this. I am thinking that if you did some form redesign, you probably could highlight the input area without using shading. Let us know what you think.
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witzph1Author Commented:
I'm not sure what you mean by highlighting an input area without shading.  How does that work?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What I mean't was a coloured border so that it would be clear where the input fields were. If all the inputs were in the same area, a coloured border could be used effectively.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I should note that I see border highlighting in some government forms where shading is not used. The borders are thick black and not coloured.

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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Can you attach your workbook?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@witzph1 - I hope your form worked out all right for you. Thanks, .... Thinkpads_User
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