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: Disappearing Status Bar.

Disappearing Status Bar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 1, 2014)


Catherine uses keystrokes where she can (instead of the mouse) and she seems to periodically hit a key combination which makes the status bar disappear. She has yet to discover what the keystroke combination is or how to get the status bar back without shutting Excel down and restarting.

The only way that this can happen in Excel 2007 or Excel 2010 is through the use of a macro. This is because the capability to turn off the status bar, which was present in earlier versions of Excel, was removed starting with Excel 2007. (A user cannot turn it off, but a macro can.)

Thus, if your status bar is disappearing as you are using Excel, then it stands to reason that there is a macro on your system that is being triggered (perhaps by a shortcut key you are pressing) and the macro is turning off the status bar. You'll need to do some poking through your macros to see if this is, indeed, the case.

If there are no macros, then it is most possible that you are pressing, in sequence, a shortcut such as Alt+W, E. This puts Excel into full-screen mode, which means that the worksheet takes up the maximum possible space on the screen. In this mode the status bar is not displayed. You can get out of this viewing mode by simply pressing Esc at any time.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9144) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Disappearing Status Bar.

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 1 + 5?

2017-06-20 02:59:34

Julius Macharia

Press ALT + F11 (Opens the VB Editor)
Press Ctrl + G (Opens the Imediate window)
Type or copy
Application.DisplayStatusBar = True
Press Enter

This works like a dream

2017-02-14 11:41:50


Peter Atherton

I cant thank you enough! I have been going stir crazy thinking I had done something to the file I was working and I use this toolbar constantly

So thank you!

2017-01-03 23:07:14



Thank you very much. I didn't do macro in my file but I think some working files sending from my colleague did that and that effects my entire excel.

It took me 2 weeks frustrated about this, and now my problem is solved.

2016-03-17 11:42:47

John Taylor

It is this kind of "improvement" that Microsoft insists on making that have led me and millions others to migrate to different software.

2016-03-11 19:07:16

Peter Atherton


Bryans given you the clue

Press ALT + F11 (Opens the VB Editor)
Press Ctrl + G (Opens the Imediate window)
Type or copy
Application.DisplayStatusBar = True
Press Enter

2016-03-09 23:20:24


i need about the advance excel. I am interest to learn the same. Pl guide me for the advance excel and it is required any further installation from the existing excel.

2016-03-07 19:21:15


Nope. You've missed something.

I've got no status bar on a brand new spreadsheet. No macros. No data of any kind.

And no, it's not on full-screen.

2014-03-03 09:58:14


When you are "poking around" your macros, you should be looking for "Application.DisplayStatusBar = False"...

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