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: Changing the Height of Worksheet Tabs.

Changing the Height of Worksheet Tabs

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 1, 2016)

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Cindy noted that when naming worksheet tabs, the width of the tabs varies based primarily on the name of the tab. She wonders if there is a way to increase the height of a worksheet tab.

This can't be done within Excel. You can, however, make some changes in Windows itself to help the tabs be just a bit higher. How you do this depends on the version of Windows you are using. If you are using Windows Vista you can follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Personalize from the resulting Context menu. Windows displays the Personalization portion of the Control Panel.
  2. Click Window Color and Appearance.
  3. Click Open Classic Appearance Properties. Windows displays the Appearance Settings dialog box.
  4. Click the Advanced button. Windows displays the Advanced Appearance dialog box.
  5. In the Item drop-down list, select Scrollbar. (You can also choose the Scrollbar item simply by clicking the vertical scroll bar in the image at the top of the Display Properties dialog box.)
  6. Increase the value in the Size text box, just to the right of the Item drop-down list. Try a value that is about 28 or larger.
  7. Click on OK to close the Advanced Appearance dialog box.
  8. Click on OK to close the Appearance Settings dialog box.

The steps are a bit different if you are using Windows 7:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Personalize from the resulting Context menu. Windows displays the Personalization portion of the Control Panel.
  2. Click Window Color.
  3. Click the Advanced Appearance Settings link. Windows displays the Window Color and Appearance dialog box.
  4. In the Item drop-down list, select Scrollbar. (You can also choose the Scrollbar item simply by clicking the vertical scroll bar in the image at the top of the Display Properties dialog box.)
  5. Increase the value in the Size text box, just to the right of the Item drop-down list. Try a value that is about 28 or larger.
  6. Close any open dialog boxes.

If you are using a different version of Windows you may need to poke around in the Control Panel until you can find the setting that is changed in steps 4 and 5. (It may take some digging, but you'll find it eventually.) Understand that adjusting this setting will provide a larger worksheet tab height, but it will also affect all the other programs you run on your system—their scrollbar sizes will be larger as well.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8564) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Changing the Height of Worksheet Tabs.

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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2016-04-27 21:34:42

Bob Davis

I have been looking for a week to find some way to just increase the tab height in Excel 2010 using Windows 10. No one has come up with a way to do this. I do not want a huge resolution change for everything but just for the Excel tabs. I'm also having problems with Ooutlook. All because I had to buy a new computer.


2016-04-01 08:25:02

Alan

"Changing the Height of Worksheet Tabs" is very mis-leading. What if you dont want to change anything else other than the Excel tabs?

A dated and useless tip for many I would expect....


2015-09-02 07:39:47

artjsfhjdghmdstuldyildtky

One step forward. Seventy four billion backwards. Thanks.


2014-10-03 07:31:38

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@Don,
Take a look at the following link:
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-access-advanced-appearance-settings-option-to-change-text-size-in-windows-8/
METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor
concentrating in: HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktopWindowMetrics
DO NOT miss the tip at the end of the article:
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These Registry keys are same for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. So to make the task easier, you can boot into Windows 7 and customize the advanced appearance settings using Desktop Personalization window. Then open Registry Editor and take a backup of the above mentioned Registry keys by right-click on them and select Export option. It'll create .REG files. Copy those REG files to Windows 8 computer and run them. The Registry scripts will add those customized settings to Windows 8. Restart Windows 8 computer and you'll see the new settings.
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Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2015)
ISRAEL


2014-10-02 14:50:37

Don

Doesn't work in Windows 8.1


2013-09-09 15:29:52

John

This tip does not work for Excel 2013


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