Chart gridline GraidentStops using VBA?


New Member
Aug 5, 2005
Dear forum,

I am making a lot of charts. I have used VBA to save most of the work, but the desired appearance is a blank white plot area, with no gridlines except for the X axis, no line separating the X-axis labels, and a vertical line separating series by X-axis categories. An example is:

To get the charts to look this way I am using gradient-fill gridlines (vertical and horizontal) to form (a) the x-axis, and (b) vertical line separating the categories. That is, by hand inserting three gradient stops (white – blue – white) for vertical, and three for horizontal. The verticals go at 48-50-52, the horizontals are more of a pain as the location of zero on the Y axis varies between charts.

When recording a macro, any change to the gridline format appears unhelpfully as “Selection.Format.Line.Visible = msoTrue”.

Any suggestions on where I might go from e.g. ActiveChart.Axes(xlCategory).MajorGridlines.Select to get the three gridlines applied to the verticals?

Many thanks!


New Member
Aug 5, 2005
Sorry, the image in the above post should be

but I am out of time to edit it. Thanks!

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