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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.

Show or hide the Formula Bar with checking or unchecking Formula Bar option

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arrow blue right bubble Show or hide the Formula Bar with checking or unchecking Formula Bar option

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.

Note: You can also get this Show Formula bar option by clicking the File (or Office button) > Options > Advanced > Display > Show Formula bar.


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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.

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arrow blue right bubble Hide or Show Status Bar/Formula bar/Ribbon with just one click

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:
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If you need to restore the default Excel window, just click the first button in the Work Area Size window.

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    sunil kundra · 1 years ago
    Thanks for information
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    Rajkumar · 2 years ago
    very useful and saved my time. Thanks a lot
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    Joe · 2 years ago
    Worked for me as well. Thank you!
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    vikas · 3 years ago
    Thank you for the solutions. My formula bar was missing and i find it very difficult to retrieve it. With the help of this forum this is really good.
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    silas · 3 years ago
    Thanks to God who gave you this wisdom, it was surely helpful to me.
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    Vishal · 3 years ago
    Very Helpful Information, Thank you
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    Surajit · 3 years ago
    thanks you...........................[quote]+5[/quote]
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    Mustakinur · 4 years ago
    Very Good, Thanks you
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    TNUDF · 4 years ago
    Thank you for the solutions. My formula bar was missing and i find it very difficult to retrieve it. With the help of this forum this is really good.
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    Mary · 4 years ago
    Thank you!! Just spent 10 minutes on a Friday evening wondering where the heck my Formula Bar had gone. And now it's back, happy days, have a goood weekend :-)
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    Prem · 4 years ago
    Thank you so much..........................
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    oshadi · 5 years ago
    thank u sooo much..... :-)
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    Daniel · 5 years ago
    Helps a lot. I have been clicking and looking at the screen for the past 6 hours. And I couldn't find the slightest clue. Till I have found this. Thanks a lot. You are the best!!!!!
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    Dan · 5 years ago
    Not sure if my last post got posted, I have verified that the "show formula bar" is checked and it still does not show. I have tried checking it off, then back on but still doesn't show. It might possibly be visible at the very top of my screen (just a tiny sliver) but I can't get that to enlarge so that I can see it.
    HELP!
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    Dan · 5 years ago
    I have the "show formula bar" box checked but it still does not show. It does appear to be at the very top of my screen (just a tiny sliver) that does not get any bigger if I attempt to click on it). I have tried to turn it of, then back on but nothing changes.
    Suggestions? I am on a MacBook Pro, if that makes a difference
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    Ani · 5 years ago
    The excel options setting for formulas.
    For e.g: When linking my summary sheet to sheet 1 total it is not going to sheet 1 total cell but showing the command as follows:
    ='Sheet 1'!A65
    Could you please advise upon the settings.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Kristian · 5 years ago
    :-) YES YES YES.. FINALY.. Thanks.....
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    Gill · 5 years ago
    Extremely helpful,simple when you know how!! thank you
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    Rajesh · 5 years ago
    Yes really it helped to find out what i was looking for

    Thank u
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    Srinivas · 5 years ago
    Thank you!! This is very helpful.
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    Srinivas · 5 years ago
    Thanks a lot, this is very helpful.
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    tahira · 5 years ago
    Thank you its working.....
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    Venu · 6 years ago
    Thank you, it helped.