Re: Can custom colors be saved in Word 2003?

Subject: Re: Can custom colors be saved in Word 2003?
From: hls_ut -at- comcast -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 22:49:32 +0000

Here's a method to do this:
Toolbar for Custom Shading of Table Cells


To quickly apply custom shading colors to cells in tables.

Note: This procedure applies only to table cells. You will receive an error if you attempt to use the created toolbar on text outside of tables.


This procedure comprises the following sub-procedures:
* Creating a Shade Macro
* Creating a Custom Color Toolbar
* Adding a Colored Button to the Toolbar

Creating a Shade Macro
1. Open a new Word document.
2. Insert a table with five columns and four rows.
Note: This table size will create nicely-sized buttons for your toolbar!
3. Click anywhere inside the table.
4. Click Tools, Macro, Record New Macro.
5. Enter an appropriate Macro name.
6. Assign your macro to Toolbars.
The Customize window appears.
7. Click OK.
8. Store your macro in All Documents (
9. Click OK.
The recording of the macro has begun.
10. Perform the following steps in order:
* Click Table, Select, Cell.
* Click Format, Borders and Shading, Shading.
* Click More Colors, Custom.
* Select RGB as your Color model.
* Tab to Red and enter the appropriate value.
* Tab to Green and enter the appropriate value.
* Tab to Blue and enter the appropriate value.
* Click OK.
* Click Stop Recording on the Macro toolbar.

Creating a Custom Color Toolbar
1. Click Tools, Customize, Toolbars.
2. Click New.
3. Enter an appropriate Toolbar name.
4. Make your toolbar available to
5. Click OK.
6. Move your new toolbar to your chosen onscreen location.
7. Right-click on the new toolbar.
8. Click Customize, Commands.
9. Select Macros from the Categories list.
10. Click and drag your macro from the Commands list to your new toolbar.
A button will be added with your macro name.

Adding a Colored Button to the Toolbar
1. Try your new macro!!! Select four rows of the table you inserted.
2. Click the button on your new toolbar.
The rows should be shaded in the custom color you established.
3. Click Edit, Copy.
4. Right-click on the new toolbar.
5. Click Customize.
6. Right-click on the button.
7. Click Paste Button Image.
8. Right-click on the button.
9. Click Default Style.
A block of color appears in your toolbar.
--by Jill Beaty


------------------hls_ut -at- comcast -dot- net

> > Word gurus and other experts,
> >
> > I need to apply (many) custom colors to table cells (i.e., shading
> > them) in Word 2003.
> >
> > Is there a way to save the RGB color definitions so that I don't have
> > to redefine a color each time I want to use it? I can set up a quick
> > macro to open up the color menu, but it'd be much quicker to just have
> > each color available.
> >
> > Any ideas? I couldn't find anything in google or MS Office KB or in
> > the archives of their email help.
> >
> > Many thanks for any suggestions,
> >
> > Kathleen
> > --
> > Kathleen MacDowell
> >


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