Dynamic formatting
Question: I have a list that I keep adding rows to. How do i create a border that expands as the list expands?
Answer:
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Adding more rows to your list expands the border automatically. See picture below.
How to create dynamic border
The border on top of the list is static. Here is how to create the top border:
 Select the top cells of your list
 Go to "Home" tab in excel 2007

Click the small triangle on the border button in the font window. See picture below.
 Click "Top border"
The border on the sides of the list is dynamic. Here is how to create the border on the left side:
 Select the leftmost column in your list (In this example C:C)
 Click "Home" tab on the ribbon
 Click "Conditional formatting"
 Click "New rule..."
 Click "Use a formula to determine which cells to format"
 Click "Format values where this formula is true" window.
 Type =OR(C1<>"",D1<>"",E1<>"",F1<>"")
 Click Format button
 Click "Border tab" tab
 Create a border on left side of cell
 Click OK!
 Click OK!
Here is how to create the left and bottom border on the left side:
 Select the leftmost column in your list (In this example C:C)
 Create a new conditional formatting formula. (See above list)
 Type =AND(OR($C1<>"",$D1<>"",$E1<>"",$F1<>""),$C2="",$D2="",$E2="",$F2="")
 Create a border on the left and down side of cell
Do the same thing for the right side (F:F) of the list using the two above examples. Obviously creating borders on the right and down side of cells.
Finally creating the border lines below the list:
 Select the middle columns in your list (In this example D:D and E:E)
 Create a new conditional formatting formula.
 Type =AND(OR($C1<>"",$D1<>"",$E1<>"",$F1<>""),$C2="",$D2="",$E2="",$F2="")
 Create a border on the down side of cell
Download excel sample file for this tutorial.
createadynamicborderusingexcelconditionalformatting.xls
(Excel 972003 Workbook *.xls)
Functions used in this article
OR(logical1, logical2, ...)
Checks whether any argument are TRUE and returns TRUE or FALSE. Returns FALSE only if all arguments are FALSE.
AND(logical1, logical2, ...)
Checks whether all arguments are TRUE and returns TRUE if all arguments are TRUE
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Hi! you can go here to know how to make conditional lists:
https://runakay.blogspot.com/2011/03/conditionallistsonexcel.html
Thanks!
draw a border line automatically in a cell with fomula of anather cell
HI,
I tried your formula to do a custom border but in vain.
I have a fiscal Year period from data source which user selects number of months.. if it is for 2016 then 12 months and for 2017 2 months.
Somehow I couldn't able to follow your steps.
In your excel the data starts from C5 WHERE AS c4 IS Header.. I'm not sure why C1.
Can you please help?.
Thanks,
Jothi
Jyothi
The CF formulas are applied to whole columns. Example, column C starts with cell C1 so the CF formula must start with cell C1.