Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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 January 11, 2020)

8

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 for later versions of Excel. 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, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Showing Text when a Cell is Empty

Wouldn't it be great if you could have Excel display some text in a cell only when that cell is empty? Unfortuantely, ...

Discover More

Moving Object Anchors

When you insert an object into your document, it is anchored to a paragraph. If you want to change the paragraph to which ...

Discover More

Turning Off Error Checking

A little green triangle in the corner of a cell means that Excel thinks there is an error with the cell contents. If ...

Discover More

Save Time and Supercharge Excel! Automate virtually any routine task and save yourself hours, days, maybe even weeks. Then, learn how to make Excel do things you thought were simply impossible! Mastering advanced Excel macros has never been easier. Check out Excel 2010 VBA and Macros today!

More ExcelTips (ribbon)

Undoing Actions in Only the Active Workbook

When you undo actions within Excel, those steps you undo may affect the multiple workbooks in which you've been working. ...

Discover More

Canceling an Edit

When editing a cell, you may want to cancel the edit at some point. There are two ways to do this, both described in this ...

Discover More

Closing Up Cut Rows

When you cut and paste rows using Ctrl+X and Ctrl+V, Excel leaves empty the rows where the cut information was previously ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 + 4?

2020-08-26 18:31:50

John Mann

In my Excel 2010 I could not find a Workbook Views group on my View tab. I had to create a custom group and then add the Full Screen command from the Edit Ribbon process.


2020-05-25 02:37:58

Fred

how do I stop Excel 2019 from opening workbooks in maximized mode? I always resize it to a smaller size and close it to save the setting but when I open a different workbook, it opens it maximized... How can I make Excel 2019 ALWAYS open ANY workbook in my preferred window size???? Its super annoying


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.


This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.