How to Outline Cells in Google Sheets

Hey there, Google Sheets users! Do you want to add a pop of color to your spreadsheets and make them easier to read and understand? Well, outlining cells is an excellent way to do just that! I'm excited to show you how to do it, so let's dive right in!

What is outlining in Google Sheets?

If you're not familiar with outlining, let me explain. Outlining allows you to draw a border around a group of cells to create a visual separation between them and the rest of the sheet. In Google Sheets, you can customize the border style, thickness, and even add your own color. Pretty cool, huh?

How do I outline cells in Google Sheets?

Now that you know what outlining is, it's time to show you how to do it. It's effortless, but it's essential to follow these steps closely:

  • Select the cells that you want to outline.
  • Click on the "Borders" icon in the toolbar. It looks like a small square with different border lines around it.
  • Click on the "All borders" option to outline all sides, or choose the individual borders you want to add by clicking on them.
  • Customize the border type, thickness, and color from the same toolbar.
  • That's it! You've successfully outlined your cells in Google Sheets.

Why should I outline cells?

Outlining cells allows you to visually separate specific areas of your sheet, creating a more organized and easy-to-read spreadsheet. It helps you and anyone viewing your sheet to quickly identify which data belongs to which category. Outlining cells is especially useful when dealing with tables or large amounts of data that need to be organized and understood at a glance.

How to remove cell outlines in Google Sheets

Outlining cells is a fantastic tool, but what if you change your mind, or you no longer need the outlines? No worries, just follow these instructions:

  • Select the cells that have outlines that you want to remove.
  • Click on the "Borders" icon in the toolbar.
  • Click on the "No borders" option. Alternatively, select the individual borders to remove that you added previously.
  • The borders around the selected cells are gone!


That's how easy it is to outline cells in Google Sheets! Not only is it a practical way to organize information in your spreadsheets to make them more readable, but it's also easy to customize to fit your needs. So, don't be afraid to add some style to your sheets and make them your own.

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