Easily Expand or Collapse the Formula Bar in Excel
by Avantix Learning Team | Updated August 5, 2016
Applies to: Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 (Windows)
In Microsoft Excel, the Formula Bar normally appears below the Ribbon. When you enter data or a formula, it appears in the Formula Bar. If you are writing longer formulas, it can be helpful to expand the Formula Bar using the following techniques.
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Display the Formula Bar
If the Formula Bar is not displayed:
- Click the View tab in the Ribbon.
- Select the Formula Bar check box.
Alternatively, you can display the Formula Bar using Excel Options:
- Click the File tab in the Ribbon or the Office button (2007).
- Select Options or Excel Options (2007).
- In the left pane, click Advanced.
- In the right pane, select (or check) Show formula bar in the Display area.
- Click OK.
Expand or collapse the Formula Bar using a mouse
To expand the Formula Bar using a mouse:
- Position the mouse pointer near the bottom of the Formula Bar until an up and down arrow appears.
- Hold down the left mouse button and drag down until the bar is the size you want. Drag up to return it to the original size.
Below is an expanded Formula Bar:
Expand or collapse the Formula Bar using a keyboard shortcut
To expand or collapse the Formula Bar using a keyboard shortcut:
- Press Control + Shift + U.
This is a great way to work with longer formulas in Excel.
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