How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel (with Easy Steps)

While working with a large dataset you will see tracer arrows in blue lines to indicate relationship between cells in Microsoft Excel. But you should remove them when you are printing your documents or sharing the worksheet with others. Today, in this article, I am sharing with you how to remove blue lines in Excel. Stay tuned!

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What Are Blue Lines in Excel?

Blue lines are basically the tracer arrows that show a relationship between cells. Two types of blue lines can be found which are-

  1. Trace Precedents Arrow
  2. Trace Dependents Arrow

2 Quick Steps to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

In the following, I have described 2 quick and simple steps to remove blue lines in Excel. Follow the steps properly to learn this easy trick.

Step 1: Create Dataset with Proper Information

  • First, we will create our dataset with “EmployeeName”, “Total Working Hour”, and “Rate Per Hour”. Then we will calculate the “Total Income” for all the employees.

  • In order to calculate choose a cell (D7) and write the below formula down-

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • Hence, press ENTER and drag the “Fill Handle” down to fill.
  • Finally, our dataset is ready.

Remove Blue Lines in Excel

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Step 2: Use Formulas Tab

  • Well, sometimes you will see these trace precedents arrows or blue lines over cells showing the connection between cells.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • In order to remove these blue lines press “Remove Arrows” from the “Formulas” tab.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • In summary, the blue lines connecting cells are removed from the worksheet.

  • In some cases, you will also find trace dependent arrows or blue lines just like in the below image.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • To remove them, similarly, click “RemoveArrows” from the “Formulas” option.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • Finally, we have successfully removed the blue lines in Excel.

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How to Remove Page Break Blue Line in Excel

We often see blue dotted lines inside a worksheet which might not be desirable when editing a dataset. This dotted line is known as the page break line.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

If you want to view the page line in a better way then press the “Page Break” option from the “View” option. Let’s learn by removing the page break line from a worksheet.

  • Presently, click the “File” option from the top ribbon.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • Thereafter, press “Options” to open the “Excel Options” window.

  • Then, remove the checkmark from the “Show Page Breaks” feature and click OK to continue.

How to Remove Blue Lines in Excel

  • Here, we have successfully deleted blue lines in Excel.


In this article, I have tried to cover all the steps to remove blue lines in Excel. Take a tour of the practice workbook and download the file to practice by yourself. I hope you find it helpful. Please inform us in the comment section about your experience. We, the Exceldemy team, are always responsive to your queries. Stay tuned and keep learning.

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Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram

Hi! my name is Wasim Akram. I am a graduate in mechanical engineering from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology. I am passionate about learning new things and writing articles. I write article about Microsoft Excel and it's my favourite thing to do.

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