How to hide sheets, rows and columns, Formulas in MS-Excel

29 Jul 2015    06:11 pm

How to hide sheets, rows and columns, Formulas in MS-Excel

If you use Excel on a daily basis, then you’ve probably run into situations where you needed to hide something in your Excel worksheet. Maybe you have some extra data worksheets that are referenced, but don’t need to be viewed. Or maybe you have a few rows of data at the bottom of the worksheet that need to be hidden.

There are a lot of different parts to an Excel spreadsheet and each part can be hidden in different ways. In this article, I’ll walk you through the different content that can be hidden in Excel.

How to Hide Tabs/WorkSheets

In order to hide a worksheet or tab in Excel, right-click on the tab and choose Hide. That was pretty straightforward.

Once hidden, you can right-click on a visible sheet and select Unhide. All hidden sheets will be shown in a list and you can select the one you want to unhide.

How to Hide Rows and Columns

If you want to hide an entire row or column, right-click on the row or column header and then choose Hide. To hide a row or multiple rows, you need to right-click on the row number at the far left. To hide a column or multiple columns, you need to right-click on the column letter at the very top.


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You can easily tell there are hidden rows and columns in Excel because the numbers or letters skip and there are two visible lines shown to indicate hidden columns or rows.

To unhide a row or column, you need to select the row/column before and the row/column after the hidden row/column. For example, if Column B is hidden, you would need to select column A and column C and then right-click and choose Unhide to unhide it.

How to Hide Formulas

Hiding formulas is slightly more complicated than hiding rows, columns. If you want to hide a formula, you have to do TWO things: set the cells to Hidden and then protect the sheet.

So, for example, I have a sheet with some proprietary formulas that I don’t want anyone to see!

First, I will select the cells in column F, right-click and choose Format Cells. Now click on the Protectiontab and check the box that says Hidden.

As you can see from the message, hiding formulas won’t go into effect until you actually protect the worksheet. You can do this by clicking on the Review tab and then clicking on Protect Sheet.

You can enter in a password if you want to prevent people from un-hiding the formulas. Now you’ll notice that if you try to view the formulas, by pressing CTRL + ~ or by clicking on Show Formulas on the Formulas tab, they will not be visible, however, the results of that formula will remain visible.

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