How To Alternate Cell Colors In Google Sheets

Google Sheets, a powerful tool comparable to Microsoft Excel, provides a myriad of features, one of which is the ability to alternate cell colors. Alternating cell colors can not only enhance the readability of your data but also add a professional touch to your sheets. This blog post will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Select Your Range of Cells

To begin, open your Google Sheets document and select the range of cells you want to alternate colors for. You can do this by clicking on the first cell in the range, then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the last cell in the range.

Step 2: Open the Format Menu

Once you’ve selected your range, navigate to the top of the page and click on the Format option in the menu bar.

Step 3: Choose the Alternating Colors Option

In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the Alternating colors option. This will open a sidebar on the right side of your screen.

Step 4: Choose Your Colors

In this sidebar, you’ll see a preview of your selected range with alternating colors. You can choose the colors you prefer from the given options.

The first color option will color the header, and the second and third color options will be alternated in the rows. If you don’t want a header, you can remove it by unchecking the Header option.

Step 5: Apply Your Changes

Once you’re happy with your selections, click the Done button at the bottom of the sidebar to apply the alternating colors to your selected range.

Using Conditional Formatting

Besides the built-in alternating colors feature, you can also use conditional formatting to alternate cell colors based on specific conditions. Here’s an example of how to alternate colors based on whether a cell’s value is even or odd:


You can apply these formulas as custom formulas in the conditional formatting rules. To access these rules, select your range, go to the Format menu, and then click on Conditional formatting.


Alternating cell colors in Google Sheets is a quick and effective way to make your data easier to read. Whether you’re using the built-in alternating colors option or customizing your own with conditional formatting, this feature is sure to enhance your work in Google Sheets.