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How to Show or Hide the Toolbar (Ribbon) in Excel

This tutorial demonstrates how to show or hide the toolbar in Excel.


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Auto-Hide Ribbon

In Excel, you can hide the Ribbon using Ribbon Display Options.

  1. In the top-right corner, next to the minimize button, there is the Ribbon Display Options button.


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  1. To hide the Ribbon, click on Ribbon Display Options, then on Auto-hide Ribbon.


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Now the Ribbon is hidden.


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With the auto-hide setting applied, you can display tabs briefly by clicking on the three horizontal dots in the top right corner next to Ribbon Display Options, or you can press ALT.


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Show Tabs

Auto-hide Ribbon hides all Ribbon tabs. To display them again, click on Ribbon Display Options and Show Tabs.


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By doing this, you return only tabs and not commands.


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Show Tabs and Commands

To show tabs and commands, click on Ribbon Display Options and then Show Tabs and Commands.


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Now tabs and commands are shown in the Ribbon.


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There are a few other options to customize the Ribbon, including the use of VBA code.

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