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How to hide or unhide columns based on drop down list selection in Excel?

While using Excel, you can hide or unhide specific columns based on the selection of a drop down list. For example, if you select No in the drop down list, column C to I will be hidden, but if you select Yes, the hidden columns C to I will be unhidden. See below screenshot shown.

In this article, we will show you a VBA method to hide or unhide columns based on drop down list selection in Excel.

Hide or unhide columns based on drop down list selection in Excel


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Hide or unhide columns based on drop down list selection in Excel


As above example mentioned, to hide or unhide columns C to I based on the drop down list selection, please do as follows.

1. First, create your drop down list with Yes and No which you need.

2. Then press Alt + F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window.

3. Double click the current open sheet name in the VBAProject section to open the Code editor.

4. Then copy and paste below VBA code into the Code editor.

VBA code: hide or unhide columns based on drop down list selection

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updated by Extendoffice 20180822
    If Target.Column = 2 And Target.Row = 3 Then
        If Target.Value = "No" Then
            Application.Columns("C:I").Select
            Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = True
        ElseIf Target.Value = "Yes" Then
            Application.Columns("C:I").Select
            Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = False
        End If
    End If
End Sub

Note: In the above code, Column = 2 and Row = 3 is the cell reference of the drop down list, and the range C:I is the columns that you want to hide or unhide, .please change them to your need.

5. Press Alt + Q keys simultaneously to exit the Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window.

From now on, when you select No in the drop down list, all specified columns are hidden.

But if you select Yes in the drop down list, all hidden columns are displayed immediately.


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  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Guinther · 7 months ago
    My dropdown menu is on cell B23. If yes, show and if no, then hide row 29. This is the code I am using:

    Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    'Updated by Extendoffice 20180822
    If Target.Column = 2 And Target.Row = 23 Then
    If Target.Value = "no" Then
    Application.Row(29).Select
    Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = True
    ElseIf Target.Value = "yes" Then
    Application.Row(29).Select
    Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = False
    End If
    End If
    End Sub

    But I end up with a run-time error 438 - Object doesn't support this property or method. Why? Is it something wrong in the code above?

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
      crystal · 6 months ago
      Hi Guinther,
      The below VBA code can help you solve the problem. Please have a try. Thank you for your comment.

      Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
      Dim xRG As Range
      Dim xHRow As Integer
      Set xRG = Range("B23")
      xHRow = 29
      If Not Intersect(Target, xRG) Is Nothing Then
      If Target.Value = "No" Then
      Application.Rows(xHRow).Select
      Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = True
      ElseIf Target.Value = "Yes" Then
      Application.Rows(xHRow).Select
      Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = False
      End If
      End If
      End Sub
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        Gab · 5 months ago
        Hi Crystal,


        I'm hoping you could help me with hiding/showing multiple rows. I would like to show rows 63-73 when YES is selected in cell D51. I'm using the following -


        Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
        Dim xRG As Range
        Dim xHRow As Integer
        Set xRG = Range("D51")
        xHRow = ("63:73")
        If Not Intersect(Target, xRG) Is Nothing Then
        If Target.Value = "No" Then
        Application.Rows(xHRow).Select
        Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = True
        ElseIf Target.Value = "Yes" Then
        Application.Rows(xHRow).Select
        Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = False
        End If
        End If
        End Sub



        Thank you!
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          crystal · 3 months ago
          Hi Gab,
          Please apply the below VBA code. Thank you for your comment.

          Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
          Dim xRG As Range
          Dim xHRow As String
          Set xRG = Range("D51")
          xHRow = "63:73"
          If Not Intersect(Target, xRG) Is Nothing Then
          If Target.Value = "No" Then
          Application.Rows(xHRow).Select
          Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = True
          ElseIf Target.Value = "Yes" Then
          Application.Rows(xHRow).Select
          Application.Selection.EntireRow.Hidden = False
          End If
          End If
          End Sub
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    Maria · 7 months ago
    Basically I need to know how to refer to multiple ranges at a time. I tried but it gives error. Here's a look
    Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    If Target.Column = 2 And Target.Row = 4 Then
    If Target.Value = "January" Then
    Application.Columns("AH:NC").Select
    Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = True
    ElseIf Target.Value = " January " Then
    Application.Columns("C:AG").Select
    Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = False

    ElseIf Target.Value = "February" Then
    Application.Columns("C:AG, BJ:NC").Select
    Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = True
    ElseIf Target.Value = " February " Then
    Application.Columns("AH:BI").Select
    Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = False

    End If
    End If
    End Sub

    Note: It works for Target.Value = " January ", but for Target.Value = "February" it highlights error on this line => Application.Columns("C:AG, BJ:NC").Select

    Furthermore, once it hides on selecting a target value, it does not unhide on selecting some other target value
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
      crystal · 6 months ago
      Hi Maria,
      Your code has been optimized. Please have a try. Hope I can help.

      Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
      Dim xRG As Range
      Dim xHRow As Integer
      Set xRG = Range("B4")
      If Not Intersect(Target, xRG) Is Nothing Then
      If Target.Value = "January" Then
      Application.Columns("AH:NC").Hidden = True
      Application.Columns("C:AG").Hidden = False
      ElseIf Target.Value = "February" Then
      Application.Columns("C:AG").Hidden = True
      Application.Columns("BJ:NC").Hidden = True
      Application.Columns("AH:BI").Hidden = False
      End If
      End If
      End Sub
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    Maria · 7 months ago
    Thank you for the helpful article. I would like to take this macro a step further: I need exactly this, but the columns that I need to hide/unhide are not necessarily in a continuous range. My columns range from C to NC. What I want is that if I select Target Value 1, it hides AH to NC, and unhide C to AG, and when I select Target Value 2, it hides C to AG and also BJ to NC, and unhide AH to BI and so on subject to Target value.
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    Abby · 8 months ago
    This is exactly what I need to do, but I don't want the column to be highlighted when I hide/unhide. How can I build into the code to go to the next cell?
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    Janice · 10 months ago
    I modified this code to hide rows instead of columns, and it works but with one minor problem. I have several data validation lists on the same worksheet, and when I select a value from these other lists, all the rows specified in my code seem to unhide automatically even if the value for the target cell is set to 'No'. Why does this happen and how can I fix it?
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      crystal · 9 months ago
      Dear Janice,
      Sorry for the mistake, please try the new code below. Thanks for your comment.

      Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
      If Target.Column = 2 And Target.Row = 3 Then
      If Target.Value = "No" Then
      Application.Columns("C:I").Select
      Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = True
      ElseIf Target.Value = "Yes" Then
      Application.Columns("C:I").Select
      Application.Selection.EntireColumn.Hidden = False
      End If
      End If
      End Sub