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    Border lines are not showing for some cells

    I have an extensive spreadsheet with several columns and all showing borders
    where each cell/column begins and ends. However there are a few cells where
    the break with the next cell does not show the line.

    I have highlighed the cell in question, gone to format/cell/borders and
    everything looks fine. Black color + format border shows square with all
    sides of square showing.

    Any thoughts on how to fix these few random cells.

    Thanks

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    They could have a white fill. Format the cells for NO fill.
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    "techhelper1010" <techhelper1010@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    >I have an extensive spreadsheet with several columns and all showing
    >borders
    > where each cell/column begins and ends. However there are a few cells
    > where
    > the break with the next cell does not show the line.
    >
    > I have highlighed the cell in question, gone to format/cell/borders and
    > everything looks fine. Black color + format border shows square with all
    > sides of square showing.
    >
    > Any thoughts on how to fix these few random cells.
    >
    > Thanks




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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    I am having this same issue & I thought that maybe the cells were filled with white so I selected them & changed them to no fill, & then tried to add the borders again. I have worked with excel for about 4 years & am pretty familiar with the program... this has me stumped - please help, thanks!
    Last edited by freeziebaby21; 01-11-2012 at 02:09 PM.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Hi,

    It's probably too late but i was experiencing the same problem (still do, actually) and i figured a workaround (kind of cheating, but works for me).

    In my case the border that was not visible was the bottom of some of my tables. What i did was: instead of selecting the last row -> Format -> cells -> borders and establishing there the bottom border; i selected both the last row of the table and the one following -> format -> borders and established the middle border

    For some misterious reason Excel did let me do this and now bottom border is shown. I reckon you can apply this for other borders. However i dont have the faintest idea of why.

    Hope it helped! Cheers,

    Alberto P.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Same thing happened to me. Check the cell numbers on the left hand side. Are there any numbers missing from the sequence? In my situation, 3 rows of cells had been squashed together so they were no longer visible (but still part of the spreadsheet. Once I fixed that, my borders worked fine!

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Another possibility is that you have pasted in some text that carries (in my case it was spaces, so it was not obvious) on beyond the border. Either make the cell size bigger to accommodate the text or remove any text extending beyond the cell.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Me too.

    I was using conditional formatting to change the fill color of every other row of my "ToDo" list.
    I had manually formatted the vertical borders as thick black lines.
    The odd thing is that this worked for a long time. Years. In the last few weeks something changed.
    Now the rows that get the conditional formatting fill applied have no dark vertical border lines.
    I have stripped away content and all other formatting and this issue remains. Even if I make the fill color - "no fill". (I have included color for visibility in the file.)
    I have attached the stripped down, simplified, file to this post.
    Does this add anything new to the cell border mystery?
    I created this spreadsheet with Excel Version 14.0.7128.5 (32 bit).
    One of the things I have done is to save it as an Excel 97-2003 (*.xls) Workbook. No change.

    Thank you.
    Phil
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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Hello all you newcomers and welcome to ExcelForum,

    In the future please don't ask a question in an old post. It is better to start your own thread. If you feel an existing thread is particularly relevant to your need, provide a link to the other thread in your new thread.

    Old threads are often only monitored by the original participants. New threads not only open you up to all possible participants again, they typically get faster response, too.

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    Borders are sometimes lost accidentally, or on purpose when you paint a cell with a color other than ColorIndex xlNone. See the file associated with post #13 in the following thread. The file puts borders around ranges of cells using VBA. http://www.excelforum.com/excel-prog...ml#post3907797

    For those in need of VBA and or Macro assistance:
    To enable Macros and to Run Macros see the following:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ex...010031071.aspx
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ex...010014113.aspx
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/tr...001150634.aspx
    If help is still needed do a google search for 'youtube excel enable macro' and/or 'youtube excel run macro'.

    To access Visual Basic (VBA) see:
    http://www.ablebits.com/office-addin...a-macro-excel/
    a. Click on any cell in the Excel Spreadsheet (may not be needed).
    b. ALT-F11 to get to VBA.
    c. CTRL-R to get project explorer (if it isn't already showing).
    d. Double Click on a 'Module Name' in 'Project Explorer' to see code for that module.

    Lewis
    Last edited by LJMetzger; 03-06-2015 at 04:36 PM.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Wow. It requires a macro to get the borders back. I'm surprised.

    I will heed your instructions about new posts.

    Thank you for the help.

    Phil

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    I had the same problem with borders not showing. It turned out to be conditional formatting causing a conflict. The borders missing occurred when the first row with conditional formatting below my header resulted in a change to borders. If the condition was not met it was fine. So I inserted a row between the header and first data row and reduced the height. It would probably work by hiding the row too.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    For me, I solved this problem by going to "Line Style" and selecting "Border". It was changed to "No Border", which means when I tried to make borders, nothing would show up.

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    Cool Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Hello All,

    After a good deal of messing about I think I have cracked this.
    If you have selected multiple rows/columns and then go and set a custom row height/column
    width for those rows/columns e.g. 1.59cm you can end up with a number that is not integer
    divisible by the number of pixels on the screen. By simply adjusting your column widths by a small
    amount e.g. to 1.56cm the border will suddenly become visible.



    hope this helps
    cheers all

    Scott.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Under the border drop down, make sure the "Line Style" is not set to "No Border"

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    Talking Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    Just highlight the affected area, right click and clear contents.

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    Re: Border lines are not showing for some cells

    If your spreadsheet is in the protect mode..... unprotect it and the border lines should work.

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