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Somehow or other I have managed to switch on the print margin lines in Excel 2010. I cannot seem to turn them off. I went to Page Layout->Page Setup->Print Area->Clear Print Area but the lines remain on my screen. Any ideas to get rid of them?

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I have Excel 2007 so I'm giving the instructions to hide page break lines for Excel 2007, but it should be applicable to Excel 2010 as well:

  1. Click on the Office button in the top left corner.
  2. Select the Excel Options button at the bottom right side of the Office menu.
  3. Select Advanced in the left column.
  4. Scroll down to the Display Options for this Worksheet section.
  5. Uncheck the box marked Show Page Breaks.
  6. Click OK.

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Aha page breaks! I thought it was something to do with printing. Worked a treat, thanks v much. –  Mark Allison Sep 6 '11 at 13:02
@Mark Allison: You're welcome. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Sep 6 '11 at 13:13
+1 for this. They seem to turn on automatically somehow but I've no idea what I am doing to enable them. Another question, perhaps :) –  Mark McDonald Jun 25 '12 at 6:12
Similar option on the Mac version: Preferences > View > Show page breaks –  Baumr Dec 31 '12 at 16:14
They actually turn on after you have went to print once. –  RipperDoc Apr 30 '14 at 5:29

You can create a macro and a custom button for your ribbon to toggle them on/off so you don't have to go through the Options every time.


Sub TogglePageBreaks()

  ActiveSheet.DisplayPageBreaks = Not ActiveSheet.DisplayPageBreaks

End Sub

I created/saved this macro to the Personal.xlsb file (see Copy your macros to a Personal Macro Workbook).

I then added a button to my Excel 2010 Ribbon for the macro (see How to add your own Macros to Excel Ribbon).

Clicking it toggles the page breaks on and off in any spreadsheet you open.

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For Excel 2010, go to File, Options, Advanced. Then page down to Display options for this worksheet and uncheck Show page breaks. Be sure you are in Display options for this worksheet and not 'this workbook'. That should do it!!

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My Excel 2010 is not showing an "Office" button (step 1 in Mehper's answer), but THIS answer worked. –  Doug_Ivison Mar 11 '14 at 8:37

Go to View set "Workbook views" from Page Break preview to Normal. This will remove the background Page number" watermark.

Go to Options -> Advanced -> Display options for this worksheet -> Remove "Show page breaks". This will remove the printing dotted lines.

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This is just a repeat of the information in the accepted answer in a less usable form. The only value it adds is an additional confirmation that the other answer works, which has already been well confirmed. The appropriate way to do that is to upvote the other answer. If there had not already been confirmation, you could do so in a comment when you have a little more rep. Consider deleting this answer so downvotes don't eat into your rep. –  fixer1234 Jan 26 at 18:28

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