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 a Cell Border.

Changing the Color of a Cell Border

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 8, 2017)

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You probably already know that Excel allows you to add borders to your cells. This is handy for separating different pieces of information within the same data table and for, well, just making your data look better.

You are not limited to black borders, however. You can specify different colors for your borders by following these steps:

  1. Select the cells whose border colors you want to change.
  2. Choose Cells from the Format menu. Word displays the Format Cells dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Border tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Borders tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  5. Using the Color drop-down list, specify a color you want to use for borders.
  6. Using the controls in the dialog box, specify the borders for the cell as you normally would.
  7. Click on OK.

Just as you can specify a different border type for each side of a cell, you can also specify a different border color for each side of the cell. Just make sure you pick the color you want used before you click on the side of the cell where you want that color used.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2977) 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 a Cell Border.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is one less than 7?

2019-02-12 17:04:54

Michael Hughes

I need the Find and Replace Cell result to pop out better, Can this cell border be changed from black so the found cell border can stand out better.


2016-08-19 10:17:21

koushiik

very good


2016-04-05 13:32:40

allen@sharonparq.com

Sam: The fact that you have tabs to check tells me that you are using a LATER version of Excel than what is covered in this tip.

At both the beginning and end of this tip it tells which versions this tip was written for. It also provides a link to a tip written for later versions of the program. Click one of those links and you'll find the help you need.

-Allen


2016-04-05 13:30:39

~Sam

Step 2 says: Choose Cells from the Format menu. Word displays the Format Cells dialog box.

I've checked all the tabs (FILE,HOME, INSERT, DATA, etc)and there is no "FORMAT" menu.


2015-07-20 13:50:15

samia

It really helped me


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