Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 11, 2021)

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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, and 2016. 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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What is 1 + 9?

2016-06-04 22:08:26

John

What I would really like to do is move the tabs to the top of the screen, and have the colour of the active tab displayed as a thin heading line across the entire window, as was done with Lotus 1-2-3.


2016-06-04 15:56:53

Graham

Hi,
I use two macros to turn off/on the tabs, as follows

Sub Removetabs()
ActiveWindow.DisplayWorkbookTabs = False
End Sub

Sub Showtabs()
ActiveWindow.DisplayWorkbookTabs = True
End Sub

If these are asigned shortcut keys e.g. Ctrl+R to remove and Ctrl+A to add saving the workbook as Macro enabled then the Tabs can be activated as needed.


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