Headings Missing in Excel: How to Show Row Numbers & Column Letters!

Let us assume the following situation: You have received an Excel file which looks actually quite nice. But you notice something: The rows and column headings missing. That means, the numbers 1, 2, 3 on the left-hand side are gone and the letters A, B, C are also not shown. Here is how to get them back!

The problem: Row numbers and column headings missing

Does your Excel window look like this?

No row numbers and column letters are shown.
No row numbers and column letters are shown.

The row numbers and column headings are missing. So, there is not written A, B, C and so on above the columns. And 1, 2, 3… is missing to identify the rows.

However, you can still see the cell “address” (here C4, highlighted in yellow), right?

Then, it’s time now to get them back!

How to get missing row numbers and column letters back

Follow these two steps to show row and column headings:

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If the column letters and row numbers are missing, go to View and click on “Headings”.

In order to show (or hide) the row and column numbers and letters go to the View ribbon. Set the check mark at “Headings”. That’s it!

Headings missing on multiple sheets?

Maybe you have noticed it: You have to do this for all worksheets again (assuming that headings are missing on multiple worksheets). So, how to get the headings back on all sheets with just a few clicks?

Select all worksheets (hold down the Ctrl key and click on the tabs or alternatively press and hold the Shift key and click on the sheet tabs – that way you also select the sheets in-between). Now, do the steps as shown before: Go to the View ribbon and click on “Headings”.

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Further reading

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Henrik Schiffner is a freelance business consultant and software developer. He lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Besides being an Excel enthusiast he loves photography and sports.


  1. Hi! I can see the row numbers but I can not see the column letters. (View Headings is checked.) How can I get the column letters to also show?

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