Sheet Tabs in Excel Missing? How to Get Them Back!

Does your Excel file look something like this? The sheet names at the bottom of the Excel screen are missing? But no problem, you can easily get them back. Admittedly, the option is a little bit hidden. So, let’s see how to restore the sheet tabs!

Excel sheet without tab names on the bottom of the screen.
Excel sheet without tab names on the bottom of the screen.

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Restore the sheet tabs at the bottom of the Excel screen

To restore the tab names, just follow these short steps:

Show the sheet tabs: Go to File, Options and set the tick of “Show sheet tabs” in the advanced tab.
Show the sheet tabs: Go to File, Options and set the tick of “Show sheet tabs” in the advanced tab.
  1. Go to File.
  2. (This step is not shown in the screenshot above): Click on Options in the left bottom corner.
  3. Now, the Excel Options should be open. Go to Advanced in the pane on the left.
  4. Scroll down to the workbook options. There is a small checkmark at “Show sheet tabs”. Make sure to set the checkmark and click on OK.

That’s it, the worksheet names should be shown now.


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Why to hide the tab names?

Well, there is one obvious reason: You want to make your Excel file look professional, especially when sharing your screen. Especially with “messy”, large Excel files it could make sense to not show them. Also, you have more space on the screen.

In this context: I have written a comprehensive guide of how to screen share your Excel file in a professional way. Read it here!

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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.

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