Is there a way to change the accentuation of the row and column highlights in Excel 2016?

I would like to change the colour of the highlights of the row, column and cell in Excel to be red instead of just grey. As when doing a search it is sometimes difficult to find the selected cell quickly. See attached.
Gavin PittManaging DirectorAsked:
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
In Excel 2016,  Options -> Advanced -> "Display options for this worksheet:" -> Gridline coloor
Gavin PittManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
Nope that is not what I am looking for.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
It is possible to add conditional formatting that highlights the whole row and column of the active cell.

I have done this before, let me see if I can find a sample.
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Highlight the sheet's used area and apply conditional formatting with these two rules

Highlight row:          =ROW(A1)=CELL("row")
Highlight column:   =COLUMN(A1)=CELL("col")

When applying each rule, choose the fill format to highlight. The formatting will only change on calculation, press F9 to get the change.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Actually can do with one rule:


Gavin PittManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
I actually want the column and row highlighted in red and then possibly the usual selected cell which is a black rectangle to be red as well. Am I making sense?
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
See attached

Move the cursor then Press F9 to recalculate and the highlight will shift.

There's almost no point having the cell border change as the cell selector outline will hide it.
Gavin PittManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
That is very smart but does not solve my problem. Thanks
Hi Bit247,

Not sure if it is possible to do exactly what you are asking for.

If John's solution does not work for you as is, maybe this version will (see attached).  It does not require you to press F9 to change the highlighting on the row and column.

Would that be close enough?


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Gavin PittManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
That is pretty good. How do I go about making this change easily to any Excel file that I receive?
Hi Bit247,

You would add the conditional formatting that John outlined above (and is in the file I attached) to any worksheet that you want it in.

You would also add the Worksheet_SelectionChange event to the worksheet and just put in there 'Calculate'.  You can see that in the file I posted if you open the VB Editor (Alt-F11) and click on Sheet1 - you should see the code module.

Another option for new files, would be to create a template file with that all in the default worksheets (or three if you start with three).  Then any new worksheet you want, you just take a blank worksheet and create a copy of it.

You could also take the file I posted above, and make that your template.

Gavin PittManaging DirectorAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks
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