Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Viewing Your Work Full-Screen.

Viewing Your Work Full-Screen

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 24, 2018)

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There may be times when you want to see as much of your worksheet as possible. You can quickly maximize your worksheet to replace virtually everything else on your screen by displaying the View tab of the ribbon and clicking the Full Screen tool in the Workbook Views group.

When you are done working with Excel in this manner, click on the on-screen button to restore the regular view, or simply press the Esc key.

In Excel 2013 the Full Screen tool was removed, so the above technique won't work. Instead, follow these steps:

  1. Display the View tab of the ribbon.
  2. In the Show group, uncheck all the check boxes. (You may only be able to uncheck three of them or you may be able to uncheck all four. In either case, uncheck all that you can.)
  3. At the upper-right corner of the program window, click the Ribbon Display Options icon and choose Auto-Hide Ribbon. Excel immediately makes the ribbon disappear. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. Accessing the Ribbon Display Options.

  5. Maximize Excel's program window.

When you are done viewing the workbook in this manner, again use the Ribbon Display Options icon to display the ribbon and, on the View tab of the ribbon, select the check boxes you unchecked in step 2.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6125) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Viewing Your Work Full-Screen.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is five more than 3?

2018-10-24 12:00:23

Chris van Zyl

The VBA statement

Application.DisplayFullScreen = True

is still (Office365, Oct. 2018) available and works; set it to false to get the ribbon etc. back. This could be incorporated into a macro which needs all available space on the screen.


2018-10-24 10:19:13

Dawie

I find that crtl-F1 gets rid of the ribbon quite quickly


2018-10-24 04:53:42

TonyC

Thanks Allen for all your tips (many of which are irrelevant for the way I use Excel but I pick up the occasional nuggets which help a lot).

Excel 2007 - I use F10, W,E to switch the full screen (and the ESC to revert to normal). It's the same as your first suggestion except there's no need to use the mouse.


2017-02-21 08:07:44

Laurent

Full screen is still availble in Excel 2013 albeit it's hidden.
1) Right click on the ribbon > Customise the Ribbon
2) Make sure you have a custom group created, if not create one
3) Choose commands From: select All Commands
4) Scroll down and select Full Screen
5) Select your custom group on the right and click on Add >>


2016-07-26 05:19:35

theo

Even before full screen, Excel sheet row nos' 1st digit too close to left edge.
Is margin adjustable?
Display is flat Samsung LCD.
Thank you for your help.


2014-12-03 22:52:52

nitin

Sir,
Thanks for the help. this works.


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