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: Adding Page Borders to a Printout.

Adding Page Borders to a Printout

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 9, 2018)

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Alan uses Excel frequently for creating printouts that are used by others. He likes to include borders on the final documents to give them a professional appearance. Alan knows how to invoke page borders in Word, but there isn't a similar feature in Excel. Lacking this he has resorted to manually inserting borders on cell ranges to get the appearance he wants. This works OK if the printout is a single page, but it isn't too great when Alan has multi-page printouts. He wonders if there is some way to add page borders automatically in Excel.

There are a couple of ways you can approach creating page borders for an Excel printout, but none of them are automatic. One way is to create an image of your border using your favorite graphics program and save it as a JPG, PNG, or TIF file. (You could actually use several other image file formats, but these are ones typically supported by all the graphics programs.) In Excel you can then, within the header, insert the picture of the border. Format the picture to adjust the image size so it covers your whole page.

If you prefer a macro approach to the problem, then you may want to use the solution presented in this message thread:

http://www.ozgrid.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83326

There are also third-party solutions available. One that has come highly recommended by some subscribers over the years is ASAP Utilities (http://www.asap-utilities.com). It allows you to create borders rather easily.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8183) 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: Adding Page Borders to a Printout.

Author Bio

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 more than 8?

2016-10-13 08:05:23

RENILC

how to add page border in excel


2015-03-11 11:25:32

T Sullivan

I have Excel 2007 and this doesn't work. It doesn't not run autmatically and when I manuall run the macro I get an "X 400" error box on my screen. Any ideas?


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