How to show or hide formula bar in Excel?
To maximize workspace, we may hide Formula Bar in Excel. However, Formula Bar is necessary and helpful when we edit formulas in cells. Here are some tips to switch two screen settings in Excel: showing Formula Bar and hiding Formula Bar.
|With formula bar|
|Without formula bar|
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If you have Kutools for Excel installed, its Work Area utility can help you quickly hide Status Bar, Formula Bar, or Ribbon easily in Excel, and also enables you to restore the default Excel view immediately.
Click the Kutools > Work Area, it will automatically maximize the Excel window by hiding the Status Bar, Formula Bar, and Ribbon.
And you can also adjust the view by buttons in the Work Area Size window. See screen shot below:
If you need to restore the default Excel window, just click the first button in the Work Area Size window
We can display or hide the Formula Bar under View tab in Excel Ribbon with Formula Bar option in the Show group.
If you want to show the Formula Bar, check the Formula Bar option; if you want to hide the Formula Bar, uncheck it.
You can also show or hide by checking the Formula Bar option in Excel Options with following steps:
1. Click the File tab in Excel 2010/2013, or Office button in Excel 2007.
2. Then click the Options button.
3. Now it displays the Excel Options dialog box, click the Advanced category at left pane.
4. Go to the Display section, check or uncheck the Show formula bar option.
5. Click OK button to save setting.
The following short VBA code also can help you show or hide the formula bar as you need.
1. Hold down the Alt + F11 keys in Excel, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
2. Then click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window.
VBA for displaying formula bar in Microsoft Excel
Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
Application.DisplayFormulaBar = True
VBA for hiding formula bar in Microsoft Excel
Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
Application.DisplayFormulaBar = False
3. Press the F5 key to run this code. And you will get the result that you want.
Kutools for Excel's View Options tool is designed to show or hide spreadsheet settings, such as Grid Lines, Page Break, etc. With it, we can easily display or hide the Formula Bar in Excel:
1. Click Kutools > Show / Hide > View Options, see screenshot:
2. In the View Options dialog box, check or uncheck the Formula Bar option under the Application Settings section. See screenshot:
3. Click Ok to apply the setting.(Note: If you want to apply this option to all the worksheets, please click Apply to all sheets.)
The View Options makes it possible to show or hide most of Microsoft Excel settings quickly, such as Inner Tabs, Formula Bar, Status Bar, Windows in Taskbar, Gridlines, Page Breaks, Display Zeros, Vertical Scrollbar, Horizontal Scrollbar, Sheet Tab, … etc. It will save your time in looking for these setting when you need to show or hide them. Click to know more about this feature.
- Display or hide row & column headers
- Display Selection Pane
- Display or hide status bar
- Display or hide sheet tabs
- Show or hide Horizontal/Vertical scroll bar
- Show or hide gridlines
- Hide page breaks
- Display or hide zero values in cells of Microsoft Excel
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