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How to keep borders while sorting in Excel?

In some times, you may add borders around the cells which contains specific contents for outstanding them in Excel sheet. But when you sorting the data, the borders will stay on the same position instead of sorting with the cell contents as below screenshot shown. How can you keep the borders with cell contents while sorting in Excel?

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Keep borders while sorting by using Conditional Formatting


Keep borders while sorting by using Conditional Formatting


To keep the borders or other formatting with cell contents when sort, you can add the formatting by using the Conditional Formatting function.

1. Select the data range, then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule.
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2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog, select Use a formula to determine which cells to format from Select a Rule Type section, then type this formula =$C1>250000 to the Format values where this formula is true. Then click Format to open the Format Cells dialog, under Border tab, select Outline choice.
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You can change the formula to meet your own need. For example, to format the cells in column A contain apple, you can use this formula =$A1=”apple”

3. Click OK > OK to close dialogs. Now borders are added to the cells in column C which are larger than 250000.
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From now on, borders will be moved with cells while sorting.

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