Microsoft KB Archive/171953
Article ID: 171953
Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q171953
In Microsoft Excel 97, if you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro that uses the ColorIndex property to specify a color for the borders of a cell, some of the borders may fail to use that color or may not appear. For example, this problem occurs when you use the following sample code in a macro:
ActiveCell.Borders.ColorIndex = 3
This problem occurs because Microsoft Excel 97 applies the specified color to only the left, right, top, and bottom borders.
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The following example code uses the ColorIndex property to specify a color for the borders of a cell or a range of cells.
Left, Right, Top, and Bottom Borders
To use the ColorIndex property for these types of borders, set the ColorIndex property to the value you want, for example:
ActiveCell.Borders(xlEdgeLeft).ColorIndex = 2 ActiveCell.Borders(xlEdgeRight).ColorIndex = 3 ActiveCell.Borders(xlEdgeTop).ColorIndex = 4 ActiveCell.Borders(xlEdgeBottom).ColorIndex = 5
You can set all four borders to the same value by using a line of code similar to the following:
ActiveCell.Borders.ColorIndex = 6
Inside Vertical and Inside Horizontal Borders
To use the ColorIndex property for these types of borders, set the ColorIndex property for the appropriate constant to the correct value, for example:
Selection.Borders(xlInsideVertical).ColorIndex = 7 Selection.Borders(xlInsideHorizontal).ColorIndex = 8
NOTE: When you use the xlInsideVertical constant, the selected range must contain at least two columns. When you use the xlInsideHorizontal constant, the selected range must contain at least two rows. If the selection does not contain the necessary number of columns or rows, you receive the following error message:
Diagonal Up and Diagonal Down Borders
To use the ColorIndex property for these types of borders, first set the Weight property of the border, for example:
With Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalUp) .Weight = xlThin .ColorIndex = 9 End With
Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalDown).Weight = xlMedium Selection.Borders(xlDiagonalDown).ColorIndex = 10
NOTE: If you use the ColorIndex property of the diagonal border before you set its Weight property, the ColorIndex property is ignored, and the border appears in the default color (black). If you do not set the Weight property, the border does not appear.
This behavior, with the exception of the behavior of diagonal borders, is by design of Microsoft Excel 97.
Microsoft has confirmed the behavior of diagonal borders to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.
In Microsoft Excel 97, if you run a macro with the following line of code
a message box with the number of borders for the active cell appears. By running this macro, you can determine that a cell contains six borders: left, right, top, bottom, diagonal up, and diagonal down. However, if you specify a color for all six borders by running a macro that uses the following line of code
ActiveCell.Borders.ColorIndex = 3
the color for only the first four borders is changed. The color for the diagonal borders is not changed because no weight is specified for them. Note that you can use the workaround in this article to force the diagonal borders to appear.
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