Print gridlines in a worksheet

In Excel, gridlines don't appear on a printed worksheet or workbook by default. This article explains how you can make the gridlines appear in your printed worksheets.

  1. Select the worksheet or worksheets that you want to print.


To select Do this
A single sheet

Click the sheet tab.

Active sheet tab

If you don't see the tab that you want, click the tab scrolling buttons to display the tab, and then click the tab.

Tab scrolling buttons

Two or more adjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet. Then hold down SHIFT while you click the tab for the last sheet that you want to select.
Two or more nonadjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet. Then hold down CTRL while you click the tabs of the other sheets that you want to select.
All sheets in a workbook Right-click a sheet tab, and then click Select All Sheets on the shortcut menu.

Tip    When multiple worksheets are selected, [Group] appears in the title bar at the top of the worksheet. To cancel a selection of multiple worksheets in a workbook, click any unselected worksheet. If no unselected sheet is visible, right-click the tab of a selected sheet, and then click Ungroup Sheets on the shortcut menu.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Sheet Options group, select the Print check box under Gridlines.

Sheet Options group on the Page Layout tab

 Note   If the check boxes in the Sheet Options group appear dimmed, it may be because you have a chart, image, or other object selected on the worksheet. If you cancel that selection, you'll be able to use the check boxes.

  1. Click the File tab, and then click Print.

Keyboard shortcut  You can also press CTRL+P.

  1. In the Print dialog box, click OK.

Next steps

After you select the Print check box, you may want to take the following steps:

Sheet tab in the Page Setup dialog box

If gridlines still don't print successfully, there may be an issue with your printer driver. In this case, you can try downloading the latest driver from the printer manufacturer's Web site. As a last resort, you can apply borders around the cells that you want to print. For more information, see Apply or remove cell borders on a worksheet.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010