Adding Borders to Cells

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 24, 2013)

Excel allows you to quickly and easily add different types of borders to your individual cells and ranges of cells in your spreadsheet. You can use a number of different line types for your border. To add borders to cells, follow these steps:
  1. Select the cell or range of cells that you want bordered.
  2. Select the Cells option from the Format menu. You will see the Format Cells dialog box.
  3. Click on the Border tab. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Border tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  5. In the Border section of the dialog box, select where you want the border applied. (Outline will surround the entire cell or cell range.)
  6. Select a line type from the Style area.
  7. Click on OK.
Another way to add borders around cells is to use the Borders tool on the toolbar. You can use this tool by following these steps:
  1. Select the cell or range of cells that you want bordered.
  2. If the type of border you want applied appears on the Borders tool, click on it and you are finished. (If not, proceed with the remaining steps.)
  3. Click on the downward-pointing triangle at the right side of the Borders tool. A drop-down palette of border types is displayed.
  4. Select the border you want applied to each cell in the range. You can outline the range by selecting the outline border, which is at the bottom-right position on the border palette.

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