Title Bar in Excel (All Things You Need to Know)

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This article will provide you with a complete overview of the title bar in Excel and also all the relevant things you need to know in an Excel worksheet window.

There are different types of accessibility and navigation options in Excel. These options provide specific information and offer customization of Excel performance.

The title bar serves as a navigation and control hub in Excel. The primary purpose of the title bar is to display the name of the current workbook.

Like the title bar, there are also some other accessibility components in Excel that we are going to discuss today.

Title Bar in Excel

Title Bar in Excel: All Things You Need to Know

Title Bar

The title bar refers to the horizontal bar located at the top of the Excel window. It displays the name of the workbook or files that you are currently working on. It typically shows the default name assigned by Excel, such as “Book1” or “New Microsoft Excel Worksheet,” until the user saves the file and assigns a custom name. By displaying the workbook’s name, the title bar helps users identify and differentiate between multiple open files.

Title Bar in Excel

On the right side of this bar, you will find the Ribbon Display Options icon, the standard controls for minimizing, maximizing, and closing the Excel window. On the left side of the Excel window, there is the Quick Access Toolbar.

Minimize Button

Clicking the minimize button (usually represented by an underscore symbol) shrinks the Excel window and sends it to the taskbar. This action helps you temporarily hide Excel while focusing on other tasks or applications.

Maximize/Restore Button

The maximize/restore button (often depicted as a square or two overlapping squares) adjusts the Excel window size. Clicking it expands the window to fill the entire screen if it is currently restored, and vice versa.

Close Button

Represented by an “X” symbol, the close button closes the Excel application and terminates your current session.

Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar in Excel is not technically part of the title bar itself but is located directly adjacent to it. It allows you to customize and access frequently used commands for easy and quick execution.

Ribbon Display Options

Excel offers you three options for Ribbon.

  • Auto-hide Ribbon
  • Show Tabs only
  • Show Tabs and Commands

Ribbon Display Options

Name Box

This box shows the address of the active cell or current selection.

Formula Bar

The formula bar shows the content of the current cell or the texts you are typing in the active cell.

View Buttons

There are 3 View Buttons available for the presentation of the Excel worksheet.

  • Normal
  • Page Layout
  • Page Break Preview

View buttons provide you direct access to these views.

Zoom Control

Zoom control has a plus (+) sign to zoom in and a minus (-) sign to zoom out. It has also a slider to zoom the worksheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I hide the title bar?

Ans: In general, the title bar cannot be hidden as it contains essential navigation and control features. However, you can maximize the Excel window to occupy the entire screen, which effectively hides the title bar along with other window decorations.

2. Is the title bar the same in all versions of Excel?

Ans: While the general purpose and functionality of the title bar remain consistent across different versions of Excel, the specific elements and features may vary. Newer versions may introduce changes or enhancements to the title bar interface, so it’s important to refer to the documentation or user guides specific to your Excel version.


Throughout the article, we have discussed the title bar in Excel and also other accessibility options in Excel. Understanding these features will allow a user to extract necessary information from the file. Users can also perform necessary modifications by gaining knowledge about these terms.

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