Have you ever faced a situation where Excel shows a blank grey screen and you are not sure how to fix it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn 7 proven ways to fix when an Excel file opens a blank grey screen.
What to Do When Excel File Opens Blank Grey Screen: 7 Fixes
Let’s consider the dataset Shipment Tracker shown in the B4:E13 cells. Here, the dataset shows the Product names, the Delivery Date, Deadline, and delivery Status respectively. So, without further delay, let’s see the solutions one by one.
We have used Microsoft Excel 365 version here, you can use any other versions according to your convenience.
Solution-1: Unhide All Sheets of a Workbook
We’ll start things off with the most common fix i.e. checking for hidden documents in the workbook. So, let’s see how to unhide hidden documents in Excel.
- Initially, go to the View tab >> next in the Window section, and click the Unhide button.
This opens the Unhide dialog box with the name of the workbook.
- Now, click on the OK button to close the dialog box.
That’s it you just unhide any hidden document which might be responsible for the blank grey screen.
Solution-2: Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration
If the video configuration on your computer is incompatible with Microsoft Office then you may get a blank grey screen. Now, there is an easy fix, just disable the Hardware Graphics Acceleration option. So, follow these simple steps.
- At the very beginning, navigate to the File tab in the top Ribbon.
- Now, click the Options button.
This opens the Excel Options dialog box.
- Next, go to the Advanced tab >> in the Display section, check the Disable hardware graphics acceleration option >> click on OK.
This should resolve any incompatibilities with your PC and Microsoft Office. The results appear as shown in the picture below.
Solution-3: Uncheck Ignore Dynamic Data Exchange Option
Because of enabling the Ignore Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) your Excel file may show a blank grey screen. Now, allow me to demonstrate the process to disable it.
- To start, go to the File tab in the top left corner.
- Next, click the Options button.
Immediately, the Excel Options dialog box pops up.
- Following this, move to the Advanced tab >> in the General section, uncheck the Ignore other options that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) option >> click on OK.
Hopefully, this will troubleshoot the problem and show the results as shown in the screenshot below.
Solution-4: Resetting File Associations
Incorrect file associations can cause a blank grey screen in Excel. In order to ensure proper file associations, you can reset Excel’s file associations to their default setting. It’s simple & easy, just follow along.
- Firstly, close the Excel file (here, it is Fixing Blank Grey Screen) >> select the file and right-click on the mouse >> from the list, choose the Open with option.
This opens the How do you want to open this file prompt.
- Here, select Excel >> place a check on the option Always use this app to open .xlsx files >> click on OK.
Eventually, this will reset the file associations and fix the error. The image below shows the results.
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Solution-5: Disable All Add-ins
While Excel’s Add-ins help us perform extra analysis but sometimes they may cause Excel to show a blank grey screen. So, another potential fix involves disabling all the Add-ins. Let’s see it in action.
- Firstly, navigate to the File tab.
- Secondly, click the Options button.
In an instant, the Excel Options wizard appears.
- Thirdly, go to the Add-ins section >> in the Manage field, choose the COM Add-ins option >> click on Go.
- In turn, uncheck all the Add-ins as shown below and press OK.
The results should look like the image given below.
Solution-6: Minimizing and Maximizing Excel Window
Sometimes minimizing and then maximizing the Excel window refreshes the worksheet and causes any hidden data to appear. To do this, you can follow the steps below.
- Firstly, click the Minimize icon at the top right corner.
- Then, click on the Excel icon in the Task Bar.
You should see the results shown below.
Solution-7: Repairing Microsoft Office Suite
If all the previous methods have failed, you can Repair Microsoft Office to fix the problem. So, just follow along.
- Firstly, close the Excel file by clicking on the Close icon at the top right corner.
- Next, click on the Search icon >> type in Control Panel in the Search box >> go to the Control Panel.
After completing this step, the Control Panel window appears.
- Then, click on Uninstall a program button under the Programs option.
This opens the Programs and Features window.
- Now, locate the Microsoft Office app (here, it is the Microsoft 365 – en-us) >> click on the Change button at the top.
- Lastly, in the dialog box shown below, choose the Quick Repair option and press Repair.
Now, this takes a couple of minutes after which you can reopen the Excel file. Finally, the results should appear as shown in the screenshot below.
The methods above are all possible ways to resolve the blank grey screen. However, if the problem still persists as the last option you can contact Microsoft Support. Here, you can find many Excel experts who will provide solutions for your particular problems.
You can download the practice workbook from the link below.
This article provides some quick and easy fixes when your Excel file opens a blank grey screen. Make sure to download the practice files. Hope you found it helpful. Please inform us in the comment section about your experience. Keep learning and keep growing!
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