How to View Full Screen in Excel & Google Sheets

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Last updated on November 30, 2023

This tutorial demonstrates how to view Excel and Google Sheets windows in full-screen mode.

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Full Screen Shortcut

PC Shortcut:Alt+V>U
Mac Shortcut:++F
Remember this shortcut:
ALT is the command to activate the Ribbon. V for View, U for Full

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View Full Screen

In the older versions of Excel (before Excel 2013), there was an option in the View tab, Full Screen, allowing the user to enter full-screen mode. You can still enter and exit full-screen view with a macro, but you can also get a similar display without needing VBA.

To approximate Full Screen view in newer versions of Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Ribbon Display Options icon (in the top-right corner of the Excel file).
  2. Then choose Auto-hide Ribbon (or use the keyboard shortcut ALT + V > U).

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As a result, everything except cells and the formula bar is hidden. (Optionally, you could hide the formula bar as well.)

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  1. To close full-screen mode and get back to Normal view, click on the three dots in the top-right corner (or press ESC).

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View Full Screen in Google Sheets

To enter full-screen mode in Google Sheets, in the menu go to View > Full screen.

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Now, the menu and commands are hidden, and only the formula bar and cells are displayed. There’s also a notification (see screenshot below).

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If you want to go back to the default view, just press ESC on the keyboard.

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