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Borders

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the addition of borders. Borders will help define the sections and the segments of your worksheet, as well as guide the viewers eye to various information around your sheet. Let's take a look at the sheet's current presentation when printed by using the Print Preview feature. Go up to the File menu and select Print Preview. As you can see without any lines or borders on this page, the information just kind of sits there in a clutter. Let's get out of this view by clicking Close and we'll add down the left-hand side here, I only want to select the titles. There we go. Let's right-click and go to Format Cells and we'll use the Border tab. Here in the Border tab you can see your various line styles. You've got broken lines, dotted and dashed and a combination thereof, as well you have varying thicknesses for your lines and even a double line.

Borders

the addition of borders. Borders will help define the sections and the segments of your worksheet, as well as guide the viewers eye to various information around your sheet. Let's take a look at the sheet's current presentation when printed by using the Print Preview feature. Go up to the File menu and select Print Preview. As you can see without any lines or borders on this page, the information just kind of sits there in a clutter. Let's get out of this view by clicking Close and we'll add down the left-hand side here, I only want to select the titles. There we go. Let's right-click and go to Format Cells and we'll use the Border tab. Here in the Border tab you can see your various line styles. You've got broken lines, dotted and dashed and a combination thereof, as well you have varying thicknesses for your lines and even a double line.

Let's go ahead and select the normal thickness and apply that to the right hand side of the cell. As you can see, you can apply it to any part of the cell: interior wall, exterior bottom, top, left, right, and on 45 degree angles in both directions. I can in one click remove all the borders add an outline to my cells, or add the interior lines to my cells. In this case, we only want the right-hand cell. You'll see here I also have control over the color of my lines, but at this point I'm just going to leave them as black. Now to the titles. Let's add a bottom row border. Separate out the numerical values from the titles, right-click, go down to Format Cells, again that thickness, bottom, and along the title itself, let's select that cell. There's another way you can add borders from your Formatting toolbar. This drop-down box gives you a lot of the main selections, as well as it allows you to draw borders. I'm going to choose the thick bold line right here, and let's take a print preview now and see what we've got. Well it's starting to shape up. We're starting to get to a point where all of our information is divided and easier to read. I'm not sure that the titles rotated in 45 improve the readability of this particular spreadsheet, but it definitely does create a point, and you can see how adding borders really does divide your information. You're going to be able to spend a little more time putting borders into your spreadsheets and as long you don't go overboard, it really will improve the viewability of your sheet.

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Excel 2003 Essential Training

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  1. 16s
    1. Welcome
      16s
  2. 22m 44s
    1. Spreadsheet uses
      1m 59s
    2. Toolbars and menus
      8m 53s
    3. Moving around
      8m 1s
    4. Getting help
      3m 51s
  3. 18m 43s
    1. Opening new workbooks
      5m 13s
    2. Entering data
      6m 12s
    3. Commenting and saving
      7m 18s
  4. 17m 31s
    1. Opening worksheets
      1m 55s
    2. Add and delete worksheets
      2m 23s
    3. Insert and delete cells
      3m 46s
    4. Worksheet data
      9m 27s
  5. 36m 0s
    1. Width and height
      6m 7s
    2. Numeric formats
      6m 1s
    3. Alignment of data
      3m 43s
    4. Naming cells and ranges
      5m 48s
    5. Naming constants
      1m 52s
    6. Creating lists
      5m 48s
    7. Autofilter
      4m 13s
    8. Designated lists
      2m 28s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Print options
      5m 51s
    2. Printing and hiding data
      1m 58s
    3. Headers and footers
      3m 30s
  7. 21m 52s
    1. Creating formulas
      6m 30s
    2. Relative and absolute
      6m 1s
    3. External references
      6m 0s
    4. Named constants
      3m 21s
  8. 7m 47s
    1. Functions
      7m 47s
  9. 19m 6s
    1. Fonts and merging
      3m 52s
    2. Rotate and indent
      1m 47s
    3. Borders
      2m 41s
    4. Shading and format painter
      2m 30s
    5. Rename and color worksheet tabs
      1m 52s
    6. Working with pictures
      6m 24s
  10. 11m 31s
    1. Templates
      3m 45s
    2. Styles
      3m 55s
    3. Autoformat
      55s
    4. Smart documents
      2m 56s
  11. 13m 15s
    1. Chart terminology
      2m 23s
    2. Chart wizard
      5m 10s
    3. Formatting charts
      3m 22s
    4. Inserting images
      1m 42s
    5. Printing charts
      38s
  12. 5m 1s
    1. File search
      1m 51s
    2. Find and replace
      3m 10s
  13. 8m 19s
    1. Import from Word
      1m 17s
    2. Delimited data
      2m 53s
    3. Import from the web
      1m 49s
    4. Exporting data
      2m 20s
  14. 7m 54s
    1. Consolidation
      5m 12s
    2. 3D formulas
      2m 42s
  15. 5m 33s
    1. Multiple panes
      1m 12s
    2. More screen options
      4m 21s
  16. 13m 37s
    1. If
      2m 22s
    2. Time
      4m 16s
    3. Date and time
      2m 14s
    4. Lookup
      4m 45s
  17. 6m 55s
    1. Compare text
      3m 27s
    2. Concatenation
      1m 47s
    3. Special characters
      1m 41s
  18. 6m 10s
    1. Pivot tables
      6m 10s
  19. 16m 0s
    1. Recording a macro
      8m 43s
    2. Macro menus
      3m 45s
    3. Global macros
      3m 32s
  20. 11s
    1. Goodbye
      11s

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