Hide or show worksheets or workbooks

You can hide any worksheet in a workbook to remove it from view. You can also hide the workbook window of a workbook to remove it from your workspace. The data in hidden worksheets and workbook windows is not visible, but it can still be referenced from other worksheets and workbooks. You can display hidden worksheets or workbook windows as needed.

By default, all workbook windows of workbooks that you open are displayed on the taskbar, but you can hide or display them on the taskbar as needed.

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Hide a worksheet

 Note   If you have a larger number of worksheets that you want to hide, be aware that while you can hide multiple worksheets at once, you can unhide only one sheet at a time.

  1. Select the worksheets that you want to hide.

ShowHow to select worksheets

To select Do this
A single sheet

Click the sheet tab.

Active sheet tab

If you don't see the tab that you want, click the tab scrolling buttons to display the tab, and then click the tab.

Tab scrolling buttons

Two or more adjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet. Then hold down SHIFT while you click the tab for the last sheet that you want to select.
Two or more nonadjacent sheets Click the tab for the first sheet. Then hold down CTRL while you click the tabs of the other sheets that you want to select.
All sheets in a workbook Right-click a sheet tab, and then click Select All Sheets on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.).

Tip    When multiple worksheets are selected, [Group] appears in the title bar at the top of the worksheet. To cancel a selection of multiple worksheets in a workbook, click any unselected worksheet. If no unselected sheet is visible, right-click the tab of a selected sheet, and then click Ungroup Sheets on the shortcut menu.


  1. On the Home tab, in the Cells group, click Format.

Excel Ribbon, Home tab, Cells group

  1. Under Visibility, click Hide & Unhide, and then click Hide Sheet.

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Display a hidden worksheet

  1. On the Home tab, in the Cells group, click Format.

Excel Ribbon, Home tab, Cells group

  1. Under Visibility, click Hide & Unhide, and then click Unhide Sheet.
  2. In the Unhide box, double-click the name of the hidden sheet that you want to display.

 Note   You can unhide only one worksheet at a time.

 Note   If worksheets are hidden by Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code that assigns the property xlSheetVeryHidden, you cannot use the Unhide command to display those hidden sheets. If you are using a workbook that contains VBA macros and you encounter problems when working with hidden worksheets, contact the owner of the workbook for more information.

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Hide a workbook window

  • On the View tab, in the Window group, click Hide.

Excel Ribbon, View tab, Window group

 Note   When you exit Excel, you will be asked if you want to save changes to the hidden workbook window. Click Yes if you want the workbook window to be hidden the next time that you open the workbook.

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Display a hidden workbook window

  1. On the View tab, in the Window group, click Unhide.

Excel Ribbon, View tab, Window group

 Note   If Unhide is unavailable, the workbook does not contain hidden workbook windows.

  1. In the Unhide dialog box, double-click the workbook window that you want to display.

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Hide or display workbook windows on the Windows taskbar

  1. Click the File tab.
  1. Under Excel, click Options.
  2. Under Display, clear or select the Show all windows in the Taskbar check box.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010