[Solved!] Excel Dialog Box Hidden (4 Solutions)

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Dialog Boxes are important in Excel for performing various operations on selected cells or data. Sometimes in Excel, the dialog box may be hidden. This can lead to confusion and make it difficult for the user to access the necessary options and settings.

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What Is a Dialog Box in Excel?

Dialog box is an essential part of the user interface of Excel. It provides a means for users to interact with the program and make selections, enter data, or modify settings. The dialog box can be accessed by clicking on various options within the program, such as the Conditional Formatting dialog box, which allows users to change the formatting of the selected cells based on specific conditions. In Excel, the dialog box may be hidden sometimes, and it can make it very difficult for the user to use Excel effectively.

4 Possible Solutions to Unhide the Hidden Dialog Box in Excel

There are various reasons why a dialog box may be hidden in Excel. In some cases, the dialog box may be hidden behind the active worksheet or other applications. Sometimes, a malfunctioning installation or corrupted file may cause the dialog box to disappear.

In this article, we have discussed 4 solutions that may be applied to unhide hidden dialog boxes in Excel.

1. Use Key-board Shortcuts to Unhide Hidden Dialog Box in Excel

In Excel, if a dialog box is hidden, there are several keyboard shortcuts that users can use to unhide it. Some keyboard shortcuts are as follows:

  • Alt+Tab: Pressing the Alt+Tab keys together will switch between open windows and applications on the desktop. This can be useful if the dialog box is hidden behind other open windows or applications.
  • Ctrl+Tab: Pressing the Ctrl+Tab keys together will switch between open tabs within an Excel workbook. This can be useful if the dialog box is hidden behind a different tab within the workbook.
  • Alt+Spacebar: Pressing the Alt+Spacebar keys together will open the window menu for the currently active window. From here, users can select the Restore or Maximize option to resize and unhide the window.

Output of Pressing Alt+Spacebar

2. Use the View Tab to Unhide Hidden Dialog Box in Excel

To unhide a hidden dialog box in Excel, you can simply follow the steps below:

  • Go to the View tab and click on the Unhide option in the window group.

Use the View Tab to Unhide Hidden Dialog Box in Excel

  • In the Unhide dialog box, select the name of the hidden dialog box that you want to unhide.
  • Click OK to unhide the selected dialog box.

Note: If the Unhide option is grayed out, it means there is no hidden dialog box in the workbook.

3. Use VBA Code to Open Hidden Dialog Box in Excel

You can use a VBA code to unhide the hidden dialog box in Excel.

VBA Code to Unhide Dialog Box

You just need to follow the steps below to get into the VBA Macro Editor in your worksheet:

  • You will see the Developer tab on top of the worksheet. Click on the Developer tab and select Visual Basic. Alternatively, you can press Alt+F11.

Opening Visual Basic from the Developer Tab

  • A new window will appear. It is the Visual Basic Editor Window. To write a new code, go to Insert > Module.

Creating a New Module

  • In the module, write the following code and click on the Run button or press the F5 key to run the code:
Sub unhide_dialogbox()
End Sub

VBA Breakdown

  • The first line begins with the Sub keyword, which stands for “subroutine” and indicates the start of a VBA subroutine. unhide_dialogbox() is the name of the subroutine and can be customized to your liking.
  • The second line is the main body of the subroutine. It uses the Application.Dialogs method to open a specific dialog box, which is specified using the xlDialogConditionalFormatting constant.

Note: Here, you need to enter the constant corresponding to your hidden dialog box.

  • The xlDialogConditionalFormatting constant refers to the Conditional Formatting dialog box in Excel. By using this constant, the VBA code opens the Conditional Formatting dialog box when the subroutine is run.
  • The final line of the subroutine, .Show, is a method of the Application.Dialogs object. It opens the dialog box specified in the previous line of code, which in this case is the Conditional Formatting dialog box.

Dialog Box

4. Restart/Reinstall the Application to Unhide Hidden Dialog Box in Excel

If a hidden dialog box issue in Excel cannot be resolved by the above-mentioned troubleshooting methods, you can try restarting or reinstalling the application.

To Restart Excel:

  • Save any open work and close Excel.
  • Open Excel again to see if the dialog box is now visible.

To Reinstall Excel:

  • Uninstall Microsoft Office from your computer by going to Control Panel  > Programs and Features and selecting Microsoft Office.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Reinstall Microsoft Office by downloading the installer from the official Microsoft website or by using the installation disc that came with your purchase.
  • Open Excel again to see if the dialog box is now visible.

Reinstalling Microsoft Office may take some time and will require you to activate the software again, so make sure you have your activation key or Microsoft account login information on hand.

Note: Keep in mind that restarting or reinstalling Excel is a drastic solution and should only be done as a last resort. Before attempting this, make sure you have backed up all important files and data, as uninstalling Microsoft Office will remove all Office applications from your computer.

Things to Remember

There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Select appropriate worksheet
  • Know the name of the dialog box
  • Be aware before installing different Add-ins as they may disable the dialog box

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I unhide multiple hidden dialog boxes at once?

No, you can only unhide one dialog box at a time.

2. Why would someone hide a dialog box in Excel?

Someone might hide a dialog box in Excel for security reasons, to prevent other users from accessing certain features or settings.

3. How do I protect my workbook after unhiding a hidden dialog box?

To protect your workbook after unhiding a hidden dialog box, you can use Excel’s built-in security features, such as password protection, or restrict access to certain users or groups.


In this article, we have discussed in detail how in Excel we can unhide the hidden dialog box. This article will allow users to use Excel more efficiently and effectively.  If you have any questions regarding this essay, feel free to let us know in the comments. Also, if you want to see more Excel content like this, please visit our website, Exceldemy.com, and unlock a great resource for Excel-related content.

Md. Abu Sina Ibne Albaruni

Md. Abu Sina Ibne Albaruni

This is Abu Sina, a fresh Engineering Graduate and currently an Excel and VBA content developer at SOFTEKO. I did my bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from BUET. My passion is to build new skills, gather experience and apply them to optimize and balance various trade-offs for a better future. Besides, I am fond of travelling, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.

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