How to remove gridlines for all but work area


New Member
May 20, 2015
Hello, I see lots of worksheets where only the work area has gridlines, the rest of the worksheet is all white - not grayed out. This focuses your attention to the work area. How to accomplish this? Thanks!



Well-known Member
Dec 15, 2004
If you see that, it's borders. The native gridlines are either on or off. You could turn them off and put light gray borders on your work area, I suppose.


Well-known Member
Jan 5, 2014
The way I do it.

Turn off the gridlines for the whole sheet—on the ribbon's View tab, in the Show section, uncheck the Gridlines checkbox. I do this often so I added the command "View Gridlines" to the Quick Access Toolbar.

For the sections where I want to display gridlines, I set the cell borders to a light gray. The default Excel gridline color is R = 212, G = 212, B = 212.

In my PERSONAL.xlsb I have this macro:
Sub SetGrayBordersAll()
' Formats the selected cells with light gray borders.
' Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+G
    If TypeName(Selection) <> "Range" Then Exit Sub
    Const MYCOLOR As Long = 13948116    ' RGB(212, 212, 212)
    Selection.Borders.Color = MYCOLOR
End Sub
I've set the keyboard shortcut and it adds the light gray border to all the selected cells when I press Ctrl+Shift+G.

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