How to Apply Borders on a Cell using VBA in Excel

To apply borders to a cell using VBA in Excel, you can use two different ways. The first is the “Borders“ property and the second is the “BorderAround” method. The only difference between these two ways is in the “Borders” property you can even apply the border to one side of the cell and in the border around it applies to the cell completely.

In this tutorial, we will explore both ways and look at what are the different ways to add the border.

VBA Border Property

  1. First, you need to specify the range or the cell where you wish to apply the border using the range object.
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  2. After that, type a dot (.) and then select the “Borders” property from the list of properties and methods.
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  3. Next, specify the border index from the contants avaiable. Here I’m using “xlEdgeBottom” to apply border only to the bottom of the cell.
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  4. From here, specify the line style using the “LineStyle”. I’m using the “xlContinuonus” as the line style.
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Sub vba_borders()

Range("A1") _
        .Borders(xlEdgeBottom) _
            .LineStyle = XlLineStyle.xlContinuous

End Sub

Now when you run this code, it will add a border to the bottom of the cell A1.

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Using Different Colors with Color Index/Color

Just like you normally choose the color for the border when you do it manually. In the border property, you can further use the color index and color property to use a color other than the default color.

Consider the below code.

With Range("A1").Borders(xlEdgeBottom)

            .LineStyle = XlLineStyle.xlContinuous
            .Color = RGB(255, 0, 0)

End With

When you run this macro, it adds a border to the bottom of the cell with a red color.

Or if you want to use the colorindex property then the code would be like.

With Range("A1").Borders(xlEdgeBottom)

            .LineStyle = XlLineStyle.xlContinuous
            .ColorIndex = 7

End With

Related: VBA With Statement

Add Border Inside a Cell

If you want to apply border inside a cell, in that case, you need to sue “xlDiagonalUp” and “xlDiagonalDown” as the xlBorderIndex.

With Range("A1").Borders(xlDiagonalUp)

            .LineStyle = XlLineStyle.xlDashDotDot
            .Color = RGB(255, 0, 0)

End With

With Range("A1").Borders(xlDiagonalDown)

            .LineStyle = XlLineStyle.xlDashDotDot
            .Color = RGB(255, 0, 0)

End With

When you run the above code, it adds a border inside the cell upward and downward.

VBA BorderAround Method

In VBA’s BorderAround property you have 5 arguments to which are optional but two need to be specified to apply the border to a cell in the right way.

The following code applies the border around the range A1:A3 when you run the macro.

Range("A1:A3").BorderAround _
                LineStyle:=xlContinuous, _
                Weight:=xlThin

Add Border to Each Cell in the Range

The following code loops through all the cells in the range and applies the border to each cell one by one.

Sub vba_borders()

Dim iRange As Range
Dim iCells As Range

Set iRange = Range("A1:A10")

For Each iCells In iRange
    iCells.BorderAround _
            LineStyle:=xlContinuous, _
            Weight:=xlThin
Next iCells

End Sub

Apply Border to All the Cells with Text

The following code uses a FOR LOOP, USED RANGE, IFEMPTY, and IF STATEMENT  to apply borders to the only cells where you have value.

Dim iRange As Range
Dim iCells As Range

Set iRange = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.UsedRange

For Each iCells In iRange
    If Not IsEmpty(iCells) Then
    iCells.BorderAround _
            LineStyle:=xlContinuous, _
            Weight:=xlThin
    End If
Next iCells

Remove Borders

You just need to use line style “xlNone”.  

Range("A1").Borders(xlDiagonalDown).LineStyle = xlNone

And if you want to remove the border from all the cells in a worksheet where you have a value, consider the following code.

Dim iRange As Range
Dim iCells As Range

Set iRange = ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.UsedRange

For Each iCells In iRange
    If Not IsEmpty(iCells) Then
        iCells.Borders(xlDiagonalDown).LineStyle = xlNone
    End If
Next iCells