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Excel Guide

How to Hide Gridlines in Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Whether you're working on a spreadsheet for work or personal use, you may want to hide the gridlines in Excel for aesthetic reasons or to make it easier to read. Luckily, hiding gridlines in Excel is a quick and easy process that only takes a few steps.

1. Open the Excel Spreadsheet:

  • Open the Excel spreadsheet that you want to hide the gridlines on. If you don't have a specific spreadsheet in mind, create a new one by opening Excel and clicking on the "File" tab in the upper-left corner. Then, click on "New" and select "Blank workbook" to create a new, blank spreadsheet.

2. Navigate to the "View" Tab:

  • Click on the "View" tab in the Excel ribbon. This tab is located in the upper-left corner of the Excel window and provides various options for viewing your spreadsheet.

3. Toggle "Gridlines" Option:

  • In the "Show" group within the "View" tab, locate the "Gridlines" option.
  • Clicking on it will toggle the gridlines on and off. If there is a checkmark next to "Gridlines," clicking on it will remove the checkmark and hide the gridlines on your spreadsheet.

4. Save Your Changes:

  • Click on the "File" tab and then select "Save" to save your changes. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + S" to quickly save your spreadsheet.

Additional Tips:

  • You can also hide the row and column headers by unchecking the "Headings" option in the "Show" group on the "View" tab.
  • If you want to quickly toggle the visibility of the gridlines, you can press the "Ctrl" key and the single quotation mark key ("Ctrl + '") on your keyboard.


Hiding the gridlines on your spreadsheet will not delete them. You can still view and edit the cells in your spreadsheet, even if the gridlines are hidden.