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How to quickly Hide Excel Workbooks in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2013-05-23

When there are multiple workbooks open in Excel and you do not want to see some of the open workbooks, you can hide them. But how can we hide workbooks easily in Excel? This article discusses about the ways to hide workbooks in Excel.

arrow blue right bubble Hide workbooks one by one in Excel

If there are a few workbooks you need to hide, then hiding them one by one in Excel is simple.

On View tab, click on Hide button in the Windows group, then you may see the workbook has been hide. See screenshot

Tip: If you want to hide hundreds of workbooks, I suggest that you choose next two methods to make this time-consuming work simpler.

arrow blue right bubble Hide workbooks by using VBA

If you are a skilled and professional user, you can hide workbooks by using VBA code as following:

Application.Visible = False

Note: However, you must make sure that you restore visibility when the form closes. Be aware if Excel crashes your user may be left with an invisible instance of Excel running.

arrow blue right bubble Hide workbooks in one click with Kutools for Excel

Suppose you have multiple workbooks to hide but with less knowledge about VBA, the fast way is to use an available tool to get it done. With the Interactive Hide/Unhide utility of Kutools for Excel, you can hide and unhide workbooks freely and flexibly.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, you can apply Hide /Unhide Workbooks and Sheets to quickly hide all workbooks at once.

Step 1. Please apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Show / Hide > Hide / Unhide Workbooks and Sheets. See screenshot:

Step 2: The Hide / Unhide Workbooks and Sheets dialog box pops up, and you can flexibly hide or unhide workbooks and worksheets.

The dialog box is divided into two panes, and you can hide /unhide workbooks in the left pane. The workbooks are checked by default. When removing the checkmark in front of them, that the workbooks are successfully hided. To display the workbooks again is also simple; you just need to place the checkmark at any of them.

Moreover, you can also hide or unhide worksheets with this tool. In the right pane of the dialog box, you can check or uncheck to unhide/hide any of the multiple worksheets. See screenshot:


1. The Hide All and Unhide All button make the process faster;

2. You cannot hide all worksheets in a workbook, but you can choose to hide the entire workbook.

For more detailed information on Hide / Unhide Workbooks and Sheets, please go to Hide / Unhide Workbooks and Sheets.

Related Article:

Quickly hide other workbooks (all inactive windows) in Excel.

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