Microsoft Excel is an amazing tool that makes organizing data and creating spreadsheets easy and efficient. One of the cool features of Excel is the ability to hide and unhide cells, rows, and columns as well as entire worksheets. In this article, we will show you how to hide and unhide content in Excel, as well as provide some FAQs about the process.

How to Hide Cells, Rows, and Columns in Excel

When working with large amounts of data in Excel, you may find that you need to hide certain cells, rows, or columns to make the data easier to read. Here is how you can do it:

Steps to Hide Cells

1. Select the cells you want to hide

2. Right-click on the selected cells and choose “Format Cells”

3. In the “Format Cells” dialog box, go to the “Number” tab and select “Custom”

4. In the “Type” field, enter three semicolons (;;;) and click “OK”

Your cells are now hidden, and any text or numbers in those cells will not be displayed.

Steps to Hide Rows or Columns

1. Select the rows or columns you want to hide

2. Right-click on the selected rows or columns and choose “Hide”

Now your rows or columns are hidden, and you can unhide them by right-clicking on the surrounding rows or columns and choose “Unhide”.

How to Hide and Unhide Worksheets in Excel

If you want to keep some data private or hidden from view, you can also hide and unhide entire worksheets in Excel. Here’s how:

Steps to Hide a Worksheet

1. Right-click on the worksheet you want to hide

2. Choose “Hide” from the drop-down list

Your worksheet is now hidden.

Steps to Unhide a Worksheet

1. Right-click on any worksheet tab

2. Choose “Unhide” from the drop-down list

3. Select the worksheet you want to unhide and click “OK”

Your worksheet will now be unhidden and visible in your workbook.


1. Can I hide multiple worksheets at once?

Yes, you can. First, select the worksheets you want to hide by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each worksheet tab. Then, right-click on one of the selected tabs and choose “Hide” from the drop-down list. This will hide all of the selected worksheets at once.

2. Can I still reference a hidden cell or worksheet in a formula?

Yes, you can. If you want to reference a hidden cell, simply type the cell reference or formula in the formula bar. The contents of the hidden cell will not be visible, but they will still be used in the formula. The same goes for hidden worksheets – you can still reference them in formulas, even if they are not visible in your workbook.


Watch this video for more tips on hiding and unhiding content in Excel: