How to Make a Grid in Excel

In this article, you will learn to create a grid in Excel:

How to make a grid paper?

The trick is to square up the cells. The gauge is less important. Like graph paper, a cell can equal anything you want. The hard part is getting the width and height settings to produce a square because there’s no easy way to match a cell’s height and width settings. You can’t just set the row height and column width to the same value because:

  • Excel measures row height in points.
  • Excel considers the current font when calculating column width; a column width of 5 means that the column will display 5 digits, using Normal style.

You could spend a lot of time tweaking the height and width and you could even try holding a ruler up to your screen, but there’s an easier way. Format an AutoShape as a square and use it as a guide. First, you need to insert and format an AutoShape as follows:

Inserting a rectangle autoshape

From the Drawing toolbar, choose Basic Shapes from the AutoShapes drop-down list Insert this rectangle to the first cell A1:

grid basic shapes

Right-click on the rectangle and select size and properties:

grid size and properties

Make width and height equal as per your requirements:

grid width and height

Select all cells and make the dimensions equal to the shape:


We can add borders to make it look good.

grid add borders

It is important to note that while the above steps will create a grid-like pattern in Excel, it will not create a true grid in the sense of a structured table with columns and rows. To create a structured table with columns and rows, you can use the Table feature in Excel.

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To create a table, select the range of cells that you want to include in the table and then click on the Insert tab in the ribbon menu. In the Tables section, click on Table.