Excel cell colors into Access table


I have a monthly excel workbook files for several years, each with 1-31 worksheets.  Each worksheet is a daily schedule with 10 machines as columns B-K and 30 minute time slots between 8AM and 10PM as rows 4-32.  Each day essentially has 280 data elements.  When the machine is used the cell color is changed to one of several colors depending on the process that was used.

I need to get this data into an MS Access table for analysis.

Table structure is : ID, DateTime, MachineNo, ProcessNo
ID=PK Autonumber

I think I can loop through the worksheets, then the cells but how do I read the cell color using vba and scan the data?

Thanks in advance.

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Bill RossProgrammerAsked:
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the color property is found under


Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
or you can use Range.Interior.ColorIndex, which may be more user friendly.
Bill RossProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Hi Phillip,

I don't work much with Excel vba - mostly Access.  So do I define a range as a single cell, read the color and then go to the next cell?  Can you give me some sample code to get me started?


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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
The following code will copy the ColorIndex of columns B-K, rows 1-10000, into columns AB-AK. Make sure you have saved your spreadsheet before running this code, and you cannot undo it.

Sub ExtractColours()
For intcol = 2 To 11
    For introw = 1 To 10000
        Cells(introw, intcol + 26) = Cells(introw, intcol).Interior.ColorIndex
End Sub

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The above code assumes by "color" you mean "background color".

For a translation of the numbers issued by ColorIndex, see this page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ff840443(v=office.15).aspx

(-4142 means "no color").

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Bill RossProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Hi Phillip,

OK.  I'll give it a try.


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