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Excel Guide

Cell Secrecy: A Guide on How to Hide Cells in Excel

Hiding cells in Excel allows you to selectively conceal information, providing a clean and focused view of your spreadsheet. This guide will walk you through the steps to hide cells, giving you control over the visibility of specific data.

Step 1: Open Your Excel Spreadsheet

1.1 Launch Microsoft Excel and open the spreadsheet where you want to hide cells.

Step 2: Select the Cells to Hide

2.1 Click and drag to select the cells you want to hide.2.2 Alternatively, hold down the Ctrl key and click on individual cells to select non-contiguous cells.

Step 3: Right-Click and Choose "Format Cells"

3.1 Right-click on the selected cells.3.2 In the context menu, choose "Format Cells."

Step 4: Go to the "Number" Tab

4.1 In the "Format Cells" dialog box, go to the "Number" tab.

Step 5: Choose "Custom"

5.1 In the "Category" list on the left, choose "Custom."

Step 6: Enter Three Semicolons (;;;) in the Type Field

6.1 In the "Type" field, enter three semicolons (;;;) without quotes.6.2 Click "OK" to apply the custom format.

Step 7: Verify Hidden Cells

7.1 The selected cells will now be hidden, and they won't be visible on the spreadsheet.

Step 8: Unhide Cells (Optional)

8.1 If you want to unhide cells, select the cells around the hidden area.8.2 Right-click and choose "Format Cells."8.3 In the "Number" tab, choose "General" as the category, and click "OK."

Additional Tips:

  • Protect Worksheet:
  • To prevent accidental changes to hidden cells, consider protecting the worksheet. Go to the "Review" tab and click on "Protect Sheet."
  • Use the Ribbon:
  • You can also hide or unhide cells using the "Format" button in the "Home" tab. Select the cells, go to "Format," and choose "Hide Cells" or "Unhide Cells."
  • Use Grouping:
  • If you want a more dynamic way to hide and unhide rows or columns, consider using grouping. Select the rows or columns, right-click, and choose "Group."


Hiding cells in Excel provides a versatile way to manage the visibility of specific information. By following these steps, you can selectively hide cells and control the presentation of your data. Whether you're creating reports, dashboards, or any other document, hiding cells enhances the customization and clarity of your Excel workbook.