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: Removing Borders.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 24, 2013)
Adding borders to cells is a very common thing in Excel. You may add them to help draw attention to number, or to divide numbers from column headings in a table.
Here is a quick way you can remove any borders applied to a cell or group of cells: simply press Ctrl+_. (That is the underscore, which means you must hold down the Shift key as well.) Excel leaves the other formatting of the cell set, but removes any borders.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2321) 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: Removing Borders.
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