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Changing the Color of Worksheet Gridlines

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Changing the Color of Worksheet Gridlines.

Most people using Excel leave the gridlines visible so that they can easily see where the various cells are. By default the gridlines are a light gray. You can easily change the gridlines to a different color by following these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the View tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The View tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Ensure the Gridlines check box is selected.
  5. Using the Gridlines Color drop-down list, choose the color you want to use.
  6. Click OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2374) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Changing the Color of Worksheet Gridlines.

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Comments for this tip:

theepan    02 Nov 2014, 03:53
i need excell knowledge to do my all quantity survering sums
Nawa    08 Nov 2011, 08:19
Thx i will try this
awyatt    05 Nov 2011, 09:21
I suspect you are seeing cell borders, which overlay gridlines. You need to turn off all the borders, and then gridlines will be visible.

A quick way you can tell is to print your worksheet. Borders print, but gridlines don't.
Corinne    05 Nov 2011, 09:08
I tried this, but only the outside border printed in the color I selected - all the gridlines within the border were still gray. Any suggestions?

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