How to Change Cell Border Color in Google Sheets

The gridlines in your Google Sheets spreadsheets are typically effective enough at separating your data so that you can easily determine the limits of each cell. Gridlines even print by default in Google Sheets, which helps to solve one of the more common issues encountered when printing in Excel.

But sometimes you will want something different for the lines around your cells, which will leave cell borders as your best option. If you’ve already found out how to add borders to cells in Google Sheets, then you likely have dark black lines around those cells. Our guide below will show you how to change the color of this border to something else.

How to Use a Different Border Color in Google Sheets

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open the Sheets file containing the borders you want to change.

Step 2: Select the cells with the borders for which you wish to change the color.

select the cells with borders

Step 3: Click the Borders button in the toolbar.

click the Borders button

Step 4: Click the Border color button.

click the Border color button

Step 5: Choose the desired color for the border color.

how to change cell border color in Google Sheets

Step 6: Click the border style that you wish to apply to the selected cells.

choose the cell border style

Want to remove the cell borders that you applied to your cells? Find out how to delete cell borders in Google Sheets and revert to simply having gridlines separating your cells.