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Excel Guide

How to Remove Dotted Lines in Excel

Pesky dotted lines can be quite distracting in Excel. Here's a guide to eliminate them permanently.

Identifying the Source of Dotted Lines

Before resolving the issue of dotted lines in Excel, it's crucial to pinpoint their source, which could be due to various reasons:

  • Merged cells
  • Text-formatted cells
  • Presence of invisible characters

Resolving Merged Cells

When dealing with merged cells, dotted lines emerge when trying to select a single cell within the merged range. To resolve this:

  1. Select the merged cells.
  2. On the Home tab, within the Alignment group, choose "Unmerge Cells."

Adjusting Text-Formatted Cells

Dotted lines may surface when entering non-numeric values in text-formatted cells. To rectify this:

  1. Select the cells for formatting.
  2. On the Home tab, within the Number group, select "General."

Making Invisible Characters Visible

If invisible characters are causing the dotted lines, the resolution involves making these characters visible:

  1. Select the cells for formatting.
  2. On the Home tab, within the Font group, click "Font."
  3. Under Font style, choose "Normal."