For our day-to-day use, we may need to hide the toolbar or the tabs in the Ribbon. the reasons may be simply because of better visibility or distraction-free worksheet. But as we hide the toolbar, we also gonna need to unhide the toolbar. How we unhide and show the toolbar in Excel are discussed below with adequate examples.
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4 Easy Ways to Show Toolbar in Excel
We are going to discuss in 4 ways, how we are going to reveal or show the toolbar in Excel. We recommend you learn and apply all these methods to your Excel worksheet. It will definitely enrich your Excel knowledge.
1. Show Toolbar Using Control Buttons
Control buttons are in the corner of the Excel worksheet. You can control the visibility of tabs, command tools, etc using this icon.
- As you can see, the Ribbon menu toolbar on a given Excel sheet is hidden at the moment. That means there are no tabs and commands tools visible now.
- On the Control Button of the worksheet, click on the Ribbon Display Options.
- After clicking on the Ribbon Display Options, an options menu will appear.
- From the menu click on Show Tabs.
- Clicking Show Tabs will bring up the tabs above the formula bar.
- In order to add both tabs and commands, you’ll need to click the Ribbon Display Options in the Control Button.
- You should see a new menu, select the Show Tabs and Commands.
- After clicking on the Show Tabs and Commands, you will notice that both tabs and commands tools in the Ribbon toolbar are available now.
This is how you show both Tab and Command tools in the Excel workbook.
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2. Double-Click on Tabs to Show Ribbon
Just double-clicking the tabs will spawn the hidden Ribbon.
- In the picture below you see that the Ribbon toolbar menu is hidden, only the tabs are visible.
- To make them visible, double-click on any visible tab. In this case double-click on the Home tab.
- After double-clicking on the Home tab, the Ribbon menu with the toolbar will appear.
This is how you can show the ribbon in Excel by just double-tapping any tab.
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3. Show Ribbon with Keyboard Shortcut
Using a simple shortcut will reveal the hidden Ribbon in the worksheet.
- In the worksheet, if you notice carefully. there are no ribbons in the toolbar are showing on the worksheet at this moment.
- Press the ‘Ctrl+F1′ in order to show the Ribbon/ Toolbar.
- As soon as you press the shortcut, you will see the toolbar and command appear.
This is how you can show the toolbar in Excel.
4. Embedding VBA Macro to Show Toolbar
Using a simple VBA Macro can smoothly show the toolbar without any hassle. This method will need to have a Macro ready, whenever you need to show the ribbon you just have to run that Macro.
- First, press ‘ALT+F11′ to open the Visual Basic. After that, a new window opens.
- Then in that window, click Insert > Module.
- In the Module window, enter the following code.
Sub show_toolbar() Application.ExecuteExcel4Macro "show.toolbar(""Ribbon"",False)" End Sub
- Then close the window.
- After that, press ‘ALT+F8′ to open the Macro dialog box.
- After pressing the shortcut, a new window will open containing all the macros created in that Excel file. From that window, select the macro that you created just now. The name here is show_toolbar. Then click Run.
- After clicking Run, you will notice that the toolbar in the ribbon menu is now showing.
This is how you can show the toolbar in Excel just by running a simple VBA Macro.
How to Add New Commands to Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access Toolbar can show frequently used commands that can be customized to add new commands. Using these commands available to use in palm’s reach can make Excel more fluent and smooth.
- To add new commands in the quick access toolbar, click on the down arrow icon.
- Then you will see the commands that are present in the quick access toolbar.
- Then click on the More Commands.
- A new window will spawn, from the window, click on Quick Access Toolbar.
- Then select the command that you want to be added on the Quick Access Toolbar, then click on Add.
- The new command will be shown on the right side of the window. In this case, this is the Save command.
- Click OK after this.
- Then head over to the main menu, and you will notice that the new command Save now showing properly.
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To sum it up, the question “how to show toolbar in Excel” is answered here in 4 different ways. We used shortcuts as well as VBA Macro. The VBA process is also less time-consuming but requires prior VBA-related knowledge. The other method doesn’t have such a requirement.
For this problem, a macro-enabled workbook is attached where you can practice these methods.
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