Somebody Call the Cop(s)

How to find colour codes

As part of my role as IT Productivity Coach I often have to create various training material in PowerPoint and Word etc.

Usually I need to use a specific colour that matches the branding of the client or project. There is material available that provides all the templates, colour values and such. However, unless you know what you are looking for and where to find it that can take extra time and effort – taking you away from the task in hand.

So, you need a colour, quickly.

Emergency! Call the cops!

Well, Color Cop to be exact.

Color Cop is a free application that solves the problem of trying to match colours. I use it all the time and find it one of the best tools available (and it’s free).

Once installed, run it and there’s a very simple interface…


Click and drag the dropper icon over a colour on your screen and it will show the RGB values of that colour.

Copy the values into your custom colour values in Word or Powerpoint.


You have an exact match of the colour you need to work with.

Apparently, it can also measure elements on the screen and give you pixel values, bonus!

What about you? Do you know of any cool software? Share it with me in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014