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How to hide expand collapse buttons in pivot table?

In Excel, when we create a pivot table which contains some expand or collapse buttons, which can help us to expand or collapse the items in the pivot table as below screenshot shown. But, sometimes, we don’t want others to expand or collapse the items. In this case, we can hide and disable the expand and collapse buttons.


Hide expand and collapse buttons with toggling the +/- Buttons

Hide expand and collapse buttons with PivotTable Options

arrow blue right bubble Hide expand and collapse buttons with toggling the +/- Buttons

To hide and show the expand collapse buttons, please do as follows:

1. Click any cell in the pivot table.

2. On the ribbon, click Options > +/- Buttons command to hide the buttons, see screenshots:


Tip: Click the +/- Buttons command again for showing expand and collapse buttons.

arrow blue right bubble Hide expand and collapse buttons with PivotTable Options

You can also go to the PivotTable Options to set an option.

1. Right click a cell in the pivot table, and choose PivotTable Options from the context menu, see screenshot:


2. In the PivotTable Options dialog, under the Display tab, uncheck Show expand/collapse buttons in the Display section, see screenshot:


3. And then click OK to close this dialog, and expand and collapse buttons have been hidden at once in your selected pivot table.

Tip: To show the expand and collapse buttons again, please check Show expand/collapse buttons option in the PivotTable Options dialog box.

Note: The above two methods are only applied to only one pivot table each time.

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