If your Excel spreadsheet has data that can’t be deleted, but you don’t want it to appear or have the same prominence as the others, a good option is to hide that information. To do this, see how to hide Excel columns and rows quickly and easily, and also learn how to redisplay them when needed.
Time needed: 2 minutes.
Here’s how to hide columns (steps 1 and 2) and how to hide rows (steps 3 and 4) in Excel, whether on Windows, MacOS, or via the web:
- Select the columns you want to hide:
To select a column, click on its corresponding letter, located at the top of the column. To select multiple columns that are next to each other, click on the letter of the first and drag the cursor over the others. To select multiple columns that are not next to each other, click on the letter of one of them and hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the letters of the others;
- Hide the column:
Selected the columns, right-click on any of their corresponding letters (located at the top of the columns) and click the “Hide Columns” option. Ready, automatically the selected columns will be hidden;
- Select the lines you want to hide:
To select a line, click on its corresponding number, located to the left of the line. To select multiple lines that are next to each other, click on the number of the first and drag the cursor over the others. To select multiple lines that are not next to each other, click on the number of one of them and hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the numbers of the others;
- Hide the line:
Selected the lines, right-click on any of their matching numbers (located to the left of the lines) and click the “Hide Lines” option. Ready, automatically the selected lines will be hidden.
Even if you didn’t hide an Excel column or row, notice that it’s easy to find out if there are elements like this in an editor file, as the letter or number corresponding to it disappears, leaving its alphabetical or numerical order incomplete. Also, where the column or row was hidden, the grid line (the row that separates cells from a worksheet and has a more subtle tone) becomes double.
Given this information, there are two ways to redisplay an Excel column or row (and which may vary depending on the editor you use). For the first, do the following:
- Select the columns or rows adjacent to the element that was hidden;
- Right-click on the letter (for column) or number (for row) of one of them and click the “Redisplay Columns” or “Redisplay Rows” option.
Another option to redisplay this data is to follow the steps:
- Stop the mouse over the double grid line that formed where the data was hidden and notice that the cursor appears with a split in which there is an arrow for each of its sides;
- Drag the cursor slightly to the side where the column or row was hidden (still keeping its view with the arrows) and click its letter or number so that the element is displayed again.