How to Change the Cursor Color in Excel -2 Quick Methods


A mouse cursor shows and a cell border cursor are showcased in the image below.

What Is a Cursor

This is the sample dataset.

Dataset to Change Cursor Color in Excel

Method 1 – Change the Cursor Color of Selected Cells Using VBA

  • Go to Developer Visual Basic to open the VBA Editor or press ALT + F11.

Change Cursor Color Of Selected Cells Using Excel VBA

  • Double-click the sheet name.

  • Select Worksheet from the drop-down menu.

Change Cursor Color Of Selected Cells Using Excel VBA

By selecting Worksheet the following two lines of code are generated.

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal mrTarget As Range)

End Sub

Change Cursor Color Of Selected Cells Using Excel VBA

  • Enter the following between the two generated lines.
 Cells.Borders.ColorIndex = xlNone
    Target.Borders.Color = vbRed

In this VBA code, “mrTarget.Borders.Color = vbRed” changes the selected cells’ cursor color from black to Red.  You can choose other colors.

  •  Save the code.

Select a range of cells in your Excel sheet.  The color of the active cells’ border changed from Black to Red.

2. Advanced Options to Change the Cursor Color of Active/Inactive Cell

  •  Go to the File menu.

  • Select Options.


  • Select Advanced.
  • Go to ‘Display option for this worksheet’.
  • Check ‘Show gridlines’.
  • In ‘Gridline Color’, choose a color. Orange, here.
  • Click OK.

Using Advanced Options to Change Cursor Color Of Active/Inactive Cell

The color of the gridlines changed to orange.

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