How Do You Unhide Columns In Excel

Unhiding columns in Excel can be a lifesaver, especially when you’re dealing with a spreadsheet that someone else has worked on or a file that you haven’t opened in a while. I’ve had my fair share of confusion when it comes to finding hidden columns, so I’m here to help you navigate this common Excel challenge.

First Steps: Identifying Hidden Columns

When I first encountered hidden columns in Excel, I felt like I was stuck in a maze. The first step is to identify if there are any hidden columns. You can spot hidden columns by selecting the columns adjacent to the hidden ones. If there are hidden columns, the column letters will skip a sequence (e.g., A, B, D, E). Another clue is the double line between the column letters, indicating hidden columns.

Unhiding Columns Using the Ribbon

Unhiding columns in Excel is not as straightforward as it should be. Here are the steps I take to unhide those elusive columns:

  1. First, select the columns on both sides of the hidden columns. For example, if column C is hidden, select columns B and D.
  2. Next, navigate to the “Home” tab in the Excel ribbon.
  3. Click on the “Format” button in the “Cells” group.
  4. Under “Visibility”, choose “Hide & Unhide” and then select “Unhide Columns”.

Using the Right-Click Method

Alternatively, you can use a right-click to unhide columns in Excel. Here’s how:

  1. Select the columns on both sides of the hidden columns.
  2. Right-click on any of the selected column letters.
  3. From the context menu that appears, choose “Unhide”.

Keyboard Shortcut for Unhiding Columns

For keyboard enthusiasts like me, there’s a shortcut to unhide columns in Excel. After selecting the adjacent columns, simply press Ctrl + Shift + 0 (zero) to unhide the hidden columns.


Unhiding columns in Excel might seem like a minor task, but it can make a huge difference in navigating and understanding your data. Whether you prefer the ribbon, right-click method, or keyboard shortcuts, you now have the tools to confidently uncover any hidden columns. Happy spreadsheet navigating!