I am trying to make text white in a Google Sheets. I select the text, changed its color to white:

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... and when I click in another cell or press Enter to validate, it goes back to the base color:

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Although this is not blocking, it is certainly more readable to have white text in cells with a background color, so I would love to find how to do this...

In case this wasn't clear, what I am trying to do is to have complete control over the colors of the text used within cells - for example, having two (or more) colors cohabit in one cell, the way text editors "normally" function when dealing with text colors:

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  1. Select the text
  2. On the Google Sheets toolbar, click on the text color button
  3. Click on white

NOTE: To be able to apply different colors different parts of the cell content, the value data type should be text. You could coerce the value data type as text by prepending a single quote/apostrophe '


  • Are you saying it's not possible to have two different colors for text in the same cell? Nov 8, 2016 at 21:37
  • The question doesn't ask about having two different colors on the text cell. Please update your question to clarify it. Nov 9, 2016 at 0:27
  • I just edited it Nov 9, 2016 at 18:44

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