Formatting Borders in Microsoft Excel

My very good friend, AJ, requested I post this particular article. After using Excel for many years, I suppose some of us take some things for granted, but formatting borders can be tricky if you don't know a couple of the tricks.

Select the cells you want to format with borders. Go to FormatŕCells and choose the Borders tab.

Now, before you do anything else, choose the line Style, and the line Color. Then, watching the preview window (that's the window with the word "text" in there), choose the different buttons to the left and bottom to see how they work. To apply this border to all the cells, just hit the Inside and Outline buttons.

Thanks for the inspiration, AJ! debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

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