Easily Expand or Collapse the Formula Bar in Excel

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated October 20, 2020

Applies to: Microsoft® Excel® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

In Microsoft Excel, the Formula Bar appears below the Ribbon by default. 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 your mouse or a keyboard shortcut..

Recommended article: 10 Great Excel Navigation Shortcuts

Displaying the Formula Bar

If the Formula Bar is not displayed:

  1. Click the View tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Select the Formula Bar check box.

Microsoft Excel View tab on the Ribbon to display formula bar.

Alternatively, you can display the Formula Bar using Excel Options:

  1. Click the File tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Select Options or Excel Options.
  3. In the left pane, click Advanced.
  4. In the right pane, select (or check) Show formula bar in the Display area.
  5. Click OK.

Microsoft Excel Options dialog to display formula bar.

Expanding or collapsing the Formula Bar using a mouse

To expand the Formula Bar using a mouse:

  1. Position the mouse pointer near the bottom of the Formula Bar until an up and down arrow appears.
  2. 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:

Microsoft Excel workbook with expanded Formula Bar.

Expanding or collapsing the Formula Bar using a keyboard shortcut

To expand or collapse the Formula Bar using a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + U.

Inserting a line break in a formula

In longer formulas, you may also want to add line breaks to make the formula easier to read.

To add a line break in a formula in the expanded Formula Bar:

  1. Click in the Formula Bar where you want to insert a line break.
  2. Press Alt + Enter.

Expanding the Formula Bar is a great way to work with longer formulas in Excel.

This article was first published on August 6, 2016 and has been updated for clarity and content.

Subscribe to get more articles like this one

Did you find this article helpful? If you would like to receive new articles, join our email list.

Related

How to Use Flash Fill in Excel to Clean or Extract Data (Beginner’s Guide)

How to Quickly Fill in Missing Values from the Cell Above in Excel

10 Great Excel Navigation Shortcuts

Recommended courses

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate / Advanced

Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis with Functions, Dashboards and What-If Analysis Tools

Microsoft Excel: Introduction to VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)

VIEW MORE COURSES >

Our instructor-led classroom training courses are delivered at our downtown Toronto location at 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801 (Toronto Star Building), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Contact us if you’d prefer to arrange custom training at your location.

To request this page in an alternate format, contact us.

Copyright 2021 Avantix® Learning

You may also like

How to Convert Cm to Inches in Excel (or Inches to Cm)

How to Convert Cm to Inches in Excel (or Inches to Cm)

You can convert cm to inches (or inches to cm) using formulas with operators or functions in Excel. This is useful since the regional settings on a computer affect the default measurement system used in Excel and other programs.

How to Hide Comments or Notes in Excel Workbooks

How to Hide Comments or Notes in Excel Workbooks

You can hide comments and notes in Excel workbooks. In addition to adding comments in Excel, there is a little known function called the N function that you can use to enter notes directly within a formula. The N function has been around for a long time so you can use it in older versions of Excel.

Microsoft, the Microsoft logo, Microsoft Office and related Microsoft applications and logos are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in Canada, US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of the registered owners.

Avantix Learning | 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801 (Toronto Star Building), Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5E 1W7 | info@avantixlearning.ca

Summary
Microsoft Excel Quick Tip – Expand the Formula Bar
Article Name
Microsoft Excel Quick Tip – Expand the Formula Bar
Description
In Microsoft Excel, the Formula Bar appears below the Ribbon by default. 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 your mouse or a keyboard shortcut..
Author
Publisher Name
Avantix Learning

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This