How to Change the Sheet Tab Color in Excel 2013

There are a lot of different ways to use Microsoft Excel, and learning about all of the ways to navigate and format a document can be overwhelming. But as you experience different types of spreadsheets of varying sizes, you will find that certain methods can be more helpful than others. Excel 2013 workbooks that are very large, and contain a high number of worksheets, can be confusing for some users. Therefore, employing certain tactics like worksheet tab colors can improve the usability and navigation of that workbook.

Our tutorial below will show you two different ways that you can color a tab in Excel 2013. A tab with color on it is easier to find, especially if all of the tabs share similar names.


Add, Remove, or Change the Color of a Worksheet Tab in Excel 2013

The steps in this tutorial will show you how to edit a sheet tab’s color in an Excel workbook. By default, most sheet tabs will be gray. However, by completing this guide, you can make it much easier to find or identify a worksheet tab for yourself or others to find it more quickly.

Step 1: Open your workbook in Excel 2013.


Step 2: Select the tab for which you would like to change the color.

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Step 3: Right-click the selected tab, click Tab Color, then choose the desired color.

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Alternatively, after you have selected the correct tab in Excel 2013, you can also choose a different color by clicking the Home tab at the top of the window –

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Then clicking the Format tab in the Cells section of the ribbon, clicking Tab Color, then choosing the desired color for the tab.

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Additional Articles About Excel Worksheet Tabs

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How to Hide a Tab

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