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How to Hide and Unhide Sheets in Excel

Learn the quickest way to hide and unhide tabs in Excel.

Why do worksheets in Excel need to be hidden?

When working with excel workbooks that contain multiple tabs, it is often easier to navigate through the file when less important tabs are hidden. By doing so, the user can focus on the most important sheets without getting overwhelmed with the less important or irrelevant sheets.

Hiding sheets in Excel

Step 1: Select the tab you wish to hide

You can also select multiple sheets by pressing and holding the “CTRL” (“Command” in case of Mac) key and selecting all the sheets. If you want to select multiple sheets that are one after the other, select the first sheet, hold down the “SHIFT” key, and then select the last sheet.

Step 2: Right-click and select the ‘Hide’ option. The selected tab will be hidden.


  1. A hidden worksheet can be unhidden anytime and by any user.
  2. A workbook must contain more than one sheet to be able to hide sheets.
Imagine showing how to hide tabs in Excel 

Unhiding tabs in Excel

As mentioned above, any spreadsheet that has been hidden can also be unhidden by any user. To unhide sheets, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Select any tab

Step 2: Right-click and select the ‘Unhide’ option

Picture indicating step 1 and step 2 explained above

Step 3: A list of hidden sheets will appear, select the sheet you wish to unhide

To select multiple sheets, press and hold the “CTRL” (“Command” in case of Mac) key and select all the sheets. To select multiple sheets that are in sequence, select the first sheet, press and hold the “SHIFT” key and then select the last sheet.

Step 4: Click on ‘OK’

Picture indicating step 3 and step 4 explained above

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