Microsoft Excel: Pick a new color for your gridlines

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Q. Is it possible to change the color of the gridlines in Excel?

A. You can change the color of the default gridlines in Excel from the File tab, by selecting Options, Advanced. In the Display options for this worksheet section, click the Gridline color drop-down box and select a color from the color palette, as shown below. (Make sure the Show gridlines check box is selected.)

Some CPAs like to change gridlines to something lighter, such as light blue, so they don't clutter the screen as much. Personally, I prefer no gridlines. Instead, I insert borders where I want gridlines to appear, such as in tables where my worksheet assumptions are entered. Also note that your gridline color can be different for each worksheet in your Excel workbook.

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About the author

J. Carlton Collins (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a conference presenter, and a JofA contributing editor.

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