I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed the default colors in the Excel color palette to more subtle, pastel shades. And then I do it again a couple months later. And then again.
Today, when I once again yearned for a way to import pastel colors from a convenient template found somewhere on the Interworld, I realized that no such template exists.
I must be either the only person in the world who would want a pastel color palette in Excel or the only person in the world who is willing to take the tedious time to create one and then share it.
Here you go.
To import this palette into your Excel program (I’m using the old Excel 2003, so you may need to adapt these steps to your application),
- Open the file you just downloaded, “Excel_Pastel_Color_Palette.xls.”
- Open the Excel workbook that you want to import the color palette into.
- On the Excel menu, select Tools->Options.
- In the drop-down box under Copy colors from, select the pastel color palette file name.
- Click OK.