Skip to main content

How to quickly hide cell values in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-11-19

In some cases, when we send a worksheet or workbook to others, we may want to hide some important or private cells from others viewing. This tutorial will help you to quickly solve this problem in Excel.

Hide cell values with Format Cells function

Quickly hide cell from viewing by other with Kutools for Excel good idea3

arrow blue right bubble Hide cell values with Format Cells function

In Excel, you can format the cells to achieve hiding cell values.

1. Select the cells you want to hide values, and right click to select Format Cells from context menu. See screenshot:

doc hide cell value 1

2. In the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, select Custom from the Category list, and type ;;; into the textbox under Type. See screenshot:

doc hide cell value 2

3. Click OK. Then the cell values are hidden.

doc hide cell value 3

But this method just can prevent other from viewing the cells in outside, if others click at the cell, they can view the cell value in the formula bar. See screenshot:

doc hide cell value 4

Fortunately, next I introduce a good solution to completely hide the cell values from others.

arrow blue right bubble Quickly hide cell from viewing by other with Kutools for Excel

With Kutools for Excel’s Encrypt Cells feature, you can set a password and encrypt the selected cells, the users who do not know the password cannot view the real values of the cells.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the cells you want to hide and click Kutools Plus > Encrypt Cells. See screenshot:

doc hide cell value 5

2. Then in the popping dialog type and confirm the password and the encrypting type. See screenshot:

doc hide cell value 6

. Click Ok or Apply. Now the cells are decoded. And whatever you click outside or inside of the cells, the real values cannot be viewed.

doc hide cell value 7


If you want to show it again, you can select the cells and click Kutools Plus > Decrypt Cells, and type the correct password into the popping dialog, then click Ok > OK.

doc hide cell value 8

Best Office Productivity Tools

🤖 Kutools AI Aide: Revolutionize data analysis based on: Intelligent Execution   |  Generate Code  |  Create Custom Formulas  |  Analyze Data and Generate Charts  |  Invoke Kutools Functions
Popular Features: Find, Highlight or Identify Duplicates   |  Delete Blank Rows   |  Combine Columns or Cells without Losing Data   |   Round without Formula ...
Super Lookup: Multiple Criteria VLookup    Multiple Value VLookup  |   VLookup Across Multiple Sheets   |   Fuzzy Lookup ....
Advanced Drop-down List: Quickly Create Drop Down List   |  Dependent Drop Down List   |  Multi-select Drop Down List ....
Column Manager: Add a Specific Number of Columns  |  Move Columns  |  Toggle Visibility Status of Hidden Columns  |  Compare Ranges & Columns ...
Featured Features: Grid Focus   |  Design View   |   Big Formula Bar    Workbook & Sheet Manager   |  Resource Library (Auto Text)   |  Date Picker   |  Combine Worksheets   |  Encrypt/Decrypt Cells    Send Emails by List   |  Super Filter   |   Special Filter (filter bold/italic/strikethrough...) ...
Top 15 Toolsets12 Text Tools (Add Text, Remove Characters, ...)   |   50+ Chart Types (Gantt Chart, ...)   |   40+ Practical Formulas (Calculate age based on birthday, ...)   |   19 Insertion Tools (Insert QR Code, Insert Picture from Path, ...)   |   12 Conversion Tools (Numbers to Words, Currency Conversion, ...)   |   7 Merge & Split Tools (Advanced Combine Rows, Split Cells, ...)   |   ... and more

Supercharge Your Excel Skills with Kutools for Excel, and Experience Efficiency Like Never Before. Kutools for Excel Offers Over 300 Advanced Features to Boost Productivity and Save Time.  Click Here to Get The Feature You Need The Most...


Office Tab Brings Tabbed interface to Office, and Make Your Work Much Easier

  • Enable tabbed editing and reading in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Visio and Project.
  • Open and create multiple documents in new tabs of the same window, rather than in new windows.
  • Increases your productivity by 50%, and reduces hundreds of mouse clicks for you every day!
Comments (0)
No ratings yet. Be the first to rate!
There are no comments posted here yet
Please leave your comments in English
Posting as Guest
Rate this post:
0   Characters
Suggested Locations