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Excel Guide

Gridline Elegance: A Guide on How to Hide Gridlines in Excel

Hiding gridlines in Excel can give your spreadsheet a cleaner and more polished appearance. This guide will walk you through the steps to hide gridlines, allowing your data and formatting to take center stage.

Step 1: Open Your Excel Spreadsheet

1.1 Launch Microsoft Excel and open the spreadsheet where you want to hide gridlines.

Step 2: Go to the "View" Tab

2.1 Navigate to the "View" tab in the Excel ribbon.

Step 3: Toggle Gridlines

3.1 In the "Show" group, you'll find the "Gridlines" checkbox.3.2 To hide gridlines, uncheck the "Gridlines" option.

Step 4: Verify Hidden Gridlines

4.1 The gridlines in your Excel spreadsheet will now be hidden.

Additional Tips:

  • Print Settings:
  • Keep in mind that hiding gridlines on the screen does not affect the printed version of your spreadsheet. If you also want to hide gridlines when printing, go to the "Page Layout" tab, and in the "Sheet Options" group, uncheck "Gridlines" under the "Print" category.
  • Cell Borders vs. Gridlines:
  • Hiding gridlines does not remove cell borders. If you've applied specific cell borders and want to hide them, adjust the cell border settings accordingly.
  • Toggle Formula Auditing Toolbar:
  • In some versions of Excel, gridlines can be toggled on and off using the "Formula Auditing" toolbar. If you see this toolbar, look for the "Show/Hide" button.


Hiding gridlines in Excel provides a clean and professional appearance to your spreadsheet. By following these steps, you can easily customize the visibility of gridlines based on your presentation preferences. Whether you're creating reports, dashboards, or any other document, the ability to hide gridlines contributes to a more polished and focused Excel workbook.