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Hide Gridlines in Excel (for a clean, professional finish)

Jason Morrell

by Jason Morrell 
March 6, 2015

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A very quick tip for you today. I want to show you how to hide gridlines in Excel.

Let's say your spreadsheet looks like this ...

A spreadsheet WITH gridlines

Figure 01: A spreadsheet WITH gridlines

Once you have completed your spreadsheet - you’ve entered your data, written your formulas and formatted everything nicely, one final touch that makes all the difference is to switch off the gridlines.

So the same spreadsheet now looks like this ...

A spreadsheet WITHOUT gridlines

Figure 02: A spreadsheet WITHOUT gridlines

In Excel, the gridlines are only displayed on the screen as a guide. They WILL NOT be printed.

However, any borders you add manually WILL be printed.

So if you had the following spreadsheet …

Gridlines vs Borders

Figure 03: Gridlines vs Borders

… and you go to the Print Preview, you would see that the BORDERS will be printed, but the GRIDLINES won’t.

In the Print Preview you can see that borders WILL print but gridlines WON'T

Figure 04: In the Print Preview you can see that borders WILL print but gridlines WON'T

How to hide gridlines in Excel for a clean finish

1.       Click the View tab.

2.      Tick the Gridlines box to show gridlines.

3.      Untick the Gridlines box to hide gridlines.

Where to switch gridlines on or off

Figure 05: Where to switch gridlines on or off

I hope you enjoyed this quick tip.

What do you think?

I hope you found plenty of value in this post. I'd love to hear your biggest takeaway in the comments below together with any questions you may have.

Have a fantastic day.

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Jason Morrell

Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!


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