Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. 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: Turning Off Worksheet Tabs.

Turning Off Worksheet Tabs

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated May 14, 2022)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021


At the bottom of the Excel window you typically see tabs that represent each of the worksheets in your workbook. Click on a tab and the contents of the worksheet are displayed. Excel allows you to control whether these tabs are displayed or not; simply follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and later versions display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll through the list of options until you see the Display Options for This Workbook section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  5. Clear the Show Sheet Tabs check box to turn off the worksheet tabs.
  6. Click on OK.

Why would you want to turn off the worksheet tabs? The two typical answers are to provide more vertical space in which to display the content of the workbook and to make the Excel interface more similar to other spreadsheet programs that don't use tabs.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7359) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Turning Off Worksheet Tabs.

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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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2022-05-26 16:10:25



Thanks for pointing out my error; I did not make that distinction.


2022-05-17 12:43:04

J. Woolley

If you simply want to "provide more vertical space in which to display the content of the workbook," My Excel Toolbox includes the following four macros: ToggleFormulaBar, ToggleScrollBars (and worksheet tabs), ToggleStatusBar, and ToggleFullScreen. Each will enable or disable the indicated feature. Here is an abbreviated example:

Sub ToggleScrollBars()
    With Application
        .DisplayScrollBars = (Not .DisplayScrollBars)
    End With
End Sub

The WindowDressing macro can also toggle row/column labels (see my first comment below).

2022-05-17 07:58:39


Why not just extend the scroll Bar to cover the sheet tabs

2022-05-16 03:47:45


@PFL, what you are describing is not hiding the tabs, but is hiding the actual worksheets. This tip is about showing or hiding the tabs at the bottom of the Excel window ...

2022-05-15 11:00:08

J. Woolley

My Excel Toolbox includes the SheetsDialog macro, which displays the sheet activation dialog at the bottom-left corner of Excel's window (similar to right-clicking a scroll button at the left side of sheet tabs). Here is an abbreviated version:

Sub SheetsDialog()
    Dim X, Y
    Const PxPerPt = 96 / 72
    With Application
        X = .Left * PxPerPt
        Y = (.Top + .Height) * PxPerPt
        .CommandBars("Workbook tabs").ShowPopup X, Y
    End With
End Sub


2022-05-14 16:49:34


Hiding tabs can also be accomplished by selecting several, or all, and right clicking; menu choices,one of which is hide.Select several non contiguous tabs using CTRL left click process, and selecting a range of contiguous tabs by either select first in range, then SHIFT left click at last of range, or mouse press left click and sweep range of tabs, unclick.Unhide by right click an active tab and select from nenu.

2022-05-14 16:30:04



2022-05-14 12:26:45


If you turn the tabs off, how do you navigate between sheets?

2022-05-14 11:01:32


This is a great tip! It really worked for me as it is a more effective way of hiding a whole bunch of tabs with one single action.
Thank you so much for al the great tips.

2022-05-14 10:23:43

J. Woolley

Sheet tabs are toggled ON/OFF by the Window property DisplayWorkbookTabs. For the active workbook, the following VBA statement will toggle them:
    ActiveWindow.DisplayWorkbookTabs = Not ActiveWindow.DisplayWorkbookTabs
My Excel Toolbox includes the WindowDressing macro, which will toggle several such properties for the active worksheet or all worksheets. A screenshot is included in my recent comment added to the following Tip:

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