Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Removing Borders.

Removing Borders

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 23, 2016)


Adding borders to cells is a very common thing in Excel. You may add them to help draw attention to number, or to divide numbers from column headings in a table.

Here is a quick way you can remove any borders applied to a cell or group of cells: simply press Ctrl+_. (That is the underscore, which means you must hold down the Shift key as well.) Excel leaves the other formatting of the cell set, but removes any borders.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12596) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Removing Borders.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 1 + 5?

2016-03-24 08:00:17


You're welcome Scott.
Ctrl-Shift-6 applies scientific notation for me too.

2016-03-23 11:07:34


Thanks! I have a list of 146 keyboard shortcuts and this is one I did not have.

For me Ctrl-Shift-6 applies scientific number formatting with 2 decimals

2016-03-23 08:13:17

Chuck Trese

Ctrl+Shift+7 on my (American, English) keyboard.

2016-03-23 07:59:18


it is Ctrl+Shift+6

2016-03-23 07:38:59


And if you want to add a border to a selected range, just use Ctrl+& or Ctrl+Shift+7.

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