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How to preserve grid lines while filling color in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2016-07-27

As we all known, when we fill background color to cells, the gridlines will be covered as well, in this case, how could we keep the gridlines while filling background color in Excel cells to get the following screenshot shown.

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Preserve gridlines while filling color with VBA code

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Normally, there is no direct way for us to solve this job, but, here, I can introduce a VBA code for you. Please do as follows:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the left Project-VBAProject pane, double click ThisWorkbook under the expanded VBAProject, then copy and paste the following VBA code into the blank Module:

VBA code: preserve gridlines while filling color

Dim xRgPre As Range
Private Sub Workbook_SheetSelectionChange(ByVal Sh As Object, ByVal Target As Range)
    On Error Resume Next
    If Not xRgPre Is Nothing Then DrawBorders xRgPre
    Set xRgPre = Target
End Sub
Private Sub DrawBorders(ByVal Rg As Range)
'Updateby Extendoffice 20160725
    Dim xCell As Range
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For Each xCell In Rg
        If xCell.Interior.ColorIndex = xlNone Then
            With xCell.Borders
                If .ColorIndex = 15 Then
                    .LineStyle = xlNone
                End If
            End With
            With xCell.Borders
                If .LineStyle = xlNone Then
                    .Weight = xlThin
                    .ColorIndex = 15
                End If
            End With
        End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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3. And then save and close the code window, now, when you fill a color for a range of cells, the gridlines will be showed automatically.

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Is this universally and automatically applied to new tables or sheets opened? Or need to do this for each table or sheet you want to have it? How to make it universally and automatically applied to new tables or sheets?
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Simply change MS Office to Open Office...
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Danke für den super Tipp!
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This works great. (Thanks) But here's the real question - Why does Excel allow gridlines to disappear when filling cells with color in the first place? Just another dumb glitch in the techy world that so-called intelligent developers never think of. I mean, the gridlines, by default are supposed to be there
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Thank you! I was pulling hairs trying to get the nice grey-ish borders to stay after colorizing. Can't believe Microsoft hasn't already implemented this.
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