Show or hide gridlines on a worksheet

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Gridlines are displayed by default on a worksheet (worksheet: The primary document that you use in Excel to store and work with data. Also called a spreadsheet. A worksheet consists of cells that are organized into columns and rows; a worksheet is always stored in a workbook.), but you can hide and show them as needed.

  1. Select one or more worksheets.

ShowHow to select worksheets

To select Do this
A single sheet

Click the sheet tab.

Sheet tabs showing Sheet2 selected

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, and then hold down SHIFT and click the tab for the last sheet.
Two or more nonadjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet, and then hold down CTRL and click the tabs for the other sheets.
All sheets in a workbook Right-click a sheet tab, and then click Select All Sheets on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.).

 Tip   To cancel a selection of multiple sheets in a workbook, click any unselected sheet.

If no unselected sheet is visible, right-click the tab of a selected sheet. Then click Ungroup Sheets on the shortcut menu.

 Note   If sheet tabs have been color-coded, the sheet tab name will be underlined in a user-specified color when selected. If the sheet tab is displayed with a background color, the sheet has not been selected.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the View tab, under Window options, clear or select the Gridlines check box to hide or show the gridlines.
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2003