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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

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.


Show or hide the Formula Bar with Kutools for Excel

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:

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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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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.

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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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Demo: Show or hide formula bar in Excel window


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Thanks for information
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very useful and saved my time. Thanks a lot
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Worked for me as well. Thank you!
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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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Thanks to God who gave you this wisdom, it was surely helpful to me.
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Very Helpful Information, Thank you
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Very Good, Thanks you
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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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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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