If you’re dealing with a data-heavy spreadsheet, sometimes it’s helpful to hide or unhide rows and columns to better see the information you need to analyze. Fortunately, Excel makes it easy to do this.
How to Hide Columns and Rows in Excel
- Select the column(s) or row(s) you want to hide. You can select multiple columns or rows that are side-by-side by holding down the Shift key, otherwise you can select multiple cells by holding down the Control key (Command on Mac).
- You can also type in the row or column identifier in the name box (our guide to the Excel name box) to the left of the formula field, so if you want to hide the second row, for example, type B2.
- Once you’ve made your selection:
- In the Home tab under the Cells group, click Format > Hide and Unhide > Hide Rows or Hide Columns.
- Or you can right click on the Excel worksheet in the column or row you want to hide and click hide. (This method will not work if you’ve typed in the row or column identifier.)
- The column or row will be removed, and you’ll see a thin double line indicating where the hidden column or row was.
How to Unhide Columns or Rows
There are a few ways to select which rows or columns you want to unhide:
- Right click the thin double line indicating a hidden row or column and click Unhide.
- Click on the thin double line indicating a hidden row or column to select it. If you want to unhide all rows or columns, select all using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl or Command + A. In the Home tab under the Cells group, click Format > Hide and Unhide > Unhide Rows or Unhide Columns.
While you can hide or unhide either multiple rows or multiple columns at the same time, you can’t hide or unhide both rows and columns simultaneously.
Remember, columns and rows are not the only items you can hide and unhide in Excel!
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