How to Add Cell Borders in Excel 2013

Excel spreadsheets show a pattern of lines on the screen that represent the perimeters of the cells. These are called gridlines, and they make it easier to distinguish different cells from one another. But gridlines can be overridden by cell fill colors, so you may be looking for a way to regain those cell perimeters. This can be accomplished with borders. Our guide below will show you how to add borders to a selection of cells in your Excel 2013 spreadsheet.

Before following the steps below, it is important to understand the difference between borders and gridlines in Excel 2013. They are two different things, and they can be used separately or together. Gridlines are applied to the entire spreadsheet at once, and you can elect to show them on the screen, or on a printed page. Borders can be set at the individual cell level, and will always print when they are active. You can read more about adding or removing gridlines in Excel 2013 if those seem to be closer to what you want.

Here is how to put borders around a group of cells in Excel 2013 –

  1. Open your worksheet in Excel 2013.
  2. Select the cells to which you would like to add borders.
  3. Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
  4. Click the arrow to the right of the border button in the Font section of the ribbon.
  5. Select the type of border that you would like to use with your selected cells.

You can see these steps below with pictures as well –

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2013.

 

Step 2: Use your mouse to select the cells to which you would like to add borders.

select cells

 

 

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

 

 

Step 4: Click the arrow to the right of the Borders button in the Font section of the ribbon.

click the borders button

 

 

Step 5: Click the type of border that you want to apply to your selected cells.

add the cell borders that you want

 

 

Now that you have added borders to your cells, you can choose to change the color of those borders, if necessary.

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