The team that has built Excel has put in a lot of thinking behind it and they continuously work on improving the user experience. But there are still somethings that I find irritating and often need to change the default settings. And one such thing is dotted lines in the worksheet in Excel. In this tutorial, I will show you the possible reasons why these dotted lines appear and how to remove these dotted lines. So let’s get started!

Possible Reasons for Dotted Lines in Excel

There can be various reasons for the dotted lines to appear in Excel: Your worksheet can have any one or more of these settings and you can easily remove these lines and disable it.

How to Remove Dotted Lines in Excel

Let’s dive in and see how to remove these dotted lines in Excel in each scenario.

Removing the Page Break Dotted Lines

This is one of the most irritating things for me in Excel. Sometimes, I see these page-breaks dotted lines (as shown below) that just refuse to go away.

Now, I understand the utility and purpose of keeping these. It divides your worksheet into sections and you would know what part will be printed on one page and what will spill over. A super easy (but not ideal) fix of this is to close the workbook and open again. Reopening a workbook will remove the page break dotted lines. Here is a better way to remove these dotted lines: The above steps would stop showing the page break dotted line for the workbook. Note that the above steps would stop showing the dotted lines only for the workbook in which you have unchecked this option. For other workbooks, you will have to repeat the same process if you want to get rid of the dotted lines. In case you have set the print area in the worksheet, the dotted lines will not be shown. Instead, you will see solid lined outlining the print area.

Removing Dotted Lines Border

In some cases (not as common as page break though), people may use dotted lines as the border. Something as shown below:

To remove these dotted lines, you can either remove the border completely or change the dotted line border to the regular solid line border. Below are the steps to remove these dotted borders: The above steps would remove any borders in the selected cells. In case you want to replace the dotted border with some other type of border, you can do that as well.

Removing Gridlines

While the gridlines are not dotted lines (these are solid lines), some people still think that these look like dotted lines (as these are quite faint). These gridlines are applied to the entire worksheet and you can easily make them disappear. Below are the steps to remove these: That’s it! The above steps would remove all the gridlines from the worksheet. In case you want the Gridlines back, simply go back and check the same option. So these are three ways you can remove the dotted lines in Excel. I hope you found this tutorial useful! Some Other Excel tutorials you may also like:

How to Remove Line Breaks in Excel How to Remove Table Formatting in Excel Use Format Painter in Excel to Quickly Copy Formatting How to Split a Cell Diagonally in Excel (Insert Diagonal Line) How to Insert/Draw a Line in Excel (Straight Line, Arrows, Connectors)