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How to Insert Hatching in Microsoft Excel Shapes

Updated January 25, 2018

Spreadsheets used to be largely for storing and manipulating tables of text and numbers. As programs like Microsoft Excel have evolved, they have become increasingly visual, incorporating graphs, charts, symbols and shapes. Microsoft Excel options also allow you to customise images with different borders, colours, textures and fills. You can insert cross-hatching in a Microsoft Excel shape with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Right-click on the Excel 2010 spreadsheet shape in which you want to insert hatching.

Click "Format Shape" to display an options box.

Click "Fill" to display fill options.

Click "Pattern Fill" from the list to display available fill patterns.

Click the hatching pattern you want to insert in the shape and then click "Close."

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