VBA – Turn Formula Bar Off (or On)

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Editorial Team

Reviewed by

Steve Rynearson

Last updated on July 19, 2021

When creating an Excel template you may want to turn off the formula bar to limit unwanted user actions.

Alternatively, if you are using a spreadsheet and the formula bar is missing you may want to turn it back on.

Turn Formula Bar On or Off From Excel

To toggle the formula bar On or Off:

On the Ribbon:
1. Click View
2. Check or Uncheck “Formula Bar” in the Show section
or you can use keyboard shortcuts: Alt > W > V > F

Formula Bar Toggle

Turn Formula Bar On or Off with VBA

To do this from VBA:

Macro to turn off the formula bar

Sub OffFormulaBar()
    Application.DisplayFormulaBar = False
End Sub

Macro to turn on the formula bar

Sub OnFormulaBar()
    Application.DisplayFormulaBar = True
End Sub

Expand or Collapse Formula Bar

You can also resize the Formula Bar by clicking and dragging at the bottom of the formula bar or by using this shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + U (MAC: ^ + Shift + U).

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