Hide/Unhide the Columns or Rows in Excel

excel hide col row demo

Hiding the rows or columns in Excel is just the matter of right clicking on the column letter or row number and pressing the Hide option in the menu.

Similarly, to unhide the hidden row or column, you need to press the Unhide menu item after right-clicking on the adjacent row or column; I will show you how with screenshots in the section below.

How to hide a column in Excel?

For hiding one column in Excel, follow these steps.

Step 1:

Select the column that you want to hide by clicking on the letter: A, B, C etc. It should select the whole column as shown below:

Excel hide column select

Step 2:

Now, right-click on any cell of that column and click on the “Hide” option in the menu:

Excel hide

This should hide the selected column. For our demo, I selected the D column and clicked on the Hide option in the menu, after right clicking on a cell and see the result:

Excel hidden column

You can see, the D column is disappeared.

Hiding multiple columns by single click example

By following the above method, you may hide as many columns as you want; one by one. However, if you want to hide two or more columns that are not adjacent by a single click, follow this.

Suppose we want to hide the columns B and D.

Step 1:

Select the B column by clicking on the letter “B”.

Step 2:

Press the Ctrl key in the keyboard and select the column “D”.

If you want to hide more columns then keep pressed the Ctrl key and select those columns. This is how columns B and D look after we selected:

Excel multiple columns hide

Step 3:

Right click on any of the cell of column B or D and press Hide option as shown in the first example.

Hiding a single row example

This is how you may hide a single row.

Step 1:

Select a row by clicking on the row number. Suppose, we want to hide the row number 6 in our demo:

Excel hide row

Step 2:

Right click on the row number or any cell of that row and click on the Hide option in the menu as we did to hide a column.

The result of this is hidden sixth row is as shown below:

Excel hidden row

Hiding multiple rows that are not adjacent

Just like hiding multiple columns that are not adjacent, for hiding multiple non-adjacent rows, select a row by clicking on the row number.

Press the Ctrl key and select other row(s) that you want to hide.

Right click on any of the selected row numbers or their cells and press the “Hide” option. That’s it!

Unhide the hidden row or column

To unhide the hidden column or row, the procedure is simple and alike. Follow this to unhide the hidden row or column.

Step 1:

Select any of the adjacent columns of the hidden column. In our first example, we have hidden the D column. To unhide this,

Right click on the C or F column and click on the “Unhide” menu option as shown below:

Excel unhide column

Unhide by double line

If you look closer at the column lines after hiding a column, you will notice those are double lines and look a little thick than normal columns. See the image below:

Excel unhide double lines

You may also unhide the hidden column by double-clicking the double line or drag the line towards the right.

Similarly, the hidden row border is thicker that indicates the hidden row. You may double click or drag the lower line to unhide a row.

Hide/Unhide columns/rows in the ribbon

This is how you may hide the column, rows, and even the worksheet by using the main menu in the ribbon.

I will show you how to hide the column while the process of hiding row remains the same as in the above examples.

Step 1:

Select the column you want to hide by clicking on the column head e.g. A, B, C etc. I selected D column.

Go to the “Home” tab in the Ribbon.

Step 2:

Locate the “Cells” group and there you can see the “Format” button along with others as shown below:

Excel hide ribbon

Step 3:

Under the “Visibility” you can see “Hide & Unhide”. Open its menu and click on the “Hide Columns” option.

It will hide the selected column(s).

Note: By clicking on the “Hide Sheet” option, the current worksheet will hide.

Similarly, you may hide or unhide the selected rows by using respective menu options.