Change the color of gridlines in a worksheet

By default, gridlines are displayed in worksheets using the color that is assigned to Automatic. To change the color of gridlines, you can use the following procedure.

  1. Select the worksheets for which you want to change the gridline color.

    How to select worksheets

    To select

    Do this

    A single cell

    Click the cell, or press the arrow keys to move to the cell.

    A range of cells

    Click the first cell in the range, and then drag to the last cell, or hold down SHIFT while you press the arrow keys to extend the selection.

    You can also select the first cell in the range, and then press F8 to extend the selection by using the arrow keys. To stop extending the selection, press F8 again.

    A large range of cells

    Click the first cell in the range, and then hold down SHIFT while you click the last cell in the range. You can scroll to make the last cell visible.

    All cells on a worksheet

    Click the Select All button.

    Select All button

    To select the entire worksheet, you can also press CTRL+A.

    Note: If the worksheet contains data, CTRL+A selects the current region. Pressing CTRL+A a second time selects the entire worksheet.

    Nonadjacent cells or cell ranges

    Select the first cell or range of cells, and then hold down CTRL while you select the other cells or ranges.

    You can also select the first cell or range of cells, and then press SHIFT+F8 to add another nonadjacent cell or range to the selection. To stop adding cells or ranges to the selection, press SHIFT+F8 again.

    Note: You cannot cancel the selection of a cell or range of cells in a nonadjacent selection without canceling the entire selection.

    An entire row or column

    Click the row or column heading.

    Worksheet headings

    1. Row heading

    2. Column heading

    You can also select cells in a row or column by selecting the first cell and then pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW key (RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW for rows, UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW for columns).

    Note: If the row or column contains data, CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW key selects the row or column to the last used cell. Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW key a second time selects the entire row or column.

    Adjacent rows or columns

    Drag across the row or column headings. Or select the first row or column; then hold down SHIFT while you select the last row or column.

    Nonadjacent rows or columns

    Click the column or row heading of the first row or column in your selection; then hold down CTRL while you click the column or row headings of other rows or columns that you want to add to the selection.

    The first or last cell in a row or column

    Select a cell in the row or column, and then press CTRL+ARROW key (RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW for rows, UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW for columns).

    The first or last cell on a worksheet or in a Microsoft Office Excel table

    Press CTRL+HOME to select the first cell on the worksheet or in an Excel list.

    Press CTRL+END to select the last cell on the worksheet or in an Excel list that contains data or formatting.

    Cells to the last used cell on the worksheet (lower-right corner)

    Select the first cell, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+END to extend the selection of cells to the last used cell on the worksheet (lower-right corner).

    Cells to the beginning of the worksheet

    Select the first cell, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+HOME to extend the selection of cells to the beginning of the worksheet.

    More or fewer cells than the active selection

    Hold down SHIFT while you click the last cell that you want to include in the new selection. The rectangular range between the active cell and the cell that you click becomes the new selection.

    Tip: To cancel a selection of cells, click any cell on the worksheet.

  2. Click the File tab.

  3. Under Excel, click Options.

  4. In the Advanced category, under Display options for this worksheet, make sure that the Show gridlines check box is selected.

  5. In the Gridline color box, click the color you want.

    Gridline color settings in the Excel Options dialog box

    Tip: To return gridlines to the default color, click Automatic.

Next steps

After you change the color of gridlines on a worksheet, you might want to take the following next steps:

  • Make gridlines more visible    To make the gridlines stand out on the screen, you can experiment with border and line styles. These settings are located on the Home tab, in the Font group.

    Border button

  • Print gridlines    By default, Excel does not print gridlines on worksheets. If you want gridlines to appear on the printed page, select the worksheet or worksheets that you want to print. On the Page Layout tab, in the Sheet Options group, select the Print check box under Gridlines. To print, press CTRL+P.

    Option for printing gridlines

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