Print cell gridlines in Excel 2016 for Mac

Gridlines don't appear on a printed worksheet or workbook by default. You can choose to print gridlines, modify their color, and preview how the gridlines will appear.

Print cell gridlines

  1. Click the sheet.

  2. On the Page Layout tab, under Gridlines, select the Print check box.

    On the Page Layout tab, under Gridlines, select Print

  3. On the File menu, click Print.


  • To see how the gridlines will print, on the File menu, click Print, which displays a small preview of what your printed sheet will look like. Gridlines are designed to print only around actual data in a sheet. If you want to print gridlines around empty cells as well, you must set the print area to include those cells. Alternatively, you can apply borders around the cells instead.

  • To change the color of the gridlines, on the Excel menu, select Preferences. Under Authoring, select View. In the menu next to Gridlines, select a color.

  • If gridlines don't appear when you preview or print the sheet, on the Page Layout tab, click Page Setup. Then on the Sheet tab, make sure that the Draft quality check box is not selected.

  • If gridlines don't print, there may be an issue with your printer driver. Make sure that you have installed the latest driver from the printer manufacturer.

See Also

Print a sheet or workbook

Scale the sheet size for printing

Print a sheet on just one page

Print row and column headings and titles

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