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Displaying a Hidden First Row

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Displaying a Hidden First Row.

Excel makes it easy to hide and unhide rows using the menus. What isn't so easy is displaying a hidden row if that row is above the first visible row in the worksheet. For instance, if you hide rows 1 through 5, Excel will dutifully follow out your instructions. If you later want to unhide any of these rows, the solution isn't so obvious.

To unhide the top rows of a worksheet when they are hidden, follow these steps:

  1. Press F5. Excel displays the Go To dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Go To dialog box.

  3. In the Reference field at the bottom of the dialog box, enter the number of the row range that you want to unhide. For instance, if you want to unhide rows 2 through 3, enter 2:3. Likewise, if you want to unhide row 1, enter 1:1.
  4. Click on OK. The rows you specified are now selected, even though you cannot see it on the screen.
  5. Choose Row from the Format menu, then choose Unhide.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2743) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Displaying a Hidden First Row.

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jw    15 Sep 2016, 08:34
you should preface these instructions with unfreezing panes. if panes are frozen, many functions in Excel are disabled--including page break changes etc. this is the case for unhiding row 1.
Excel_Freek    03 Aug 2016, 10:22
It worked, thanks.
KV    12 Jul 2016, 14:24
Thank you Mr.John. It worked for me as well.
Ranjeewa    02 Feb 2016, 06:23
thanks, Mr John,
It works for unhide, only thing is you have to unfreeze the sheet, otherwise this will not work.
thank you very much.
god bless .
Brian    23 Jun 2015, 01:43
Move your cursor up the row numbers to the top until it becomes a double line arrow then double click
Phil    14 May 2015, 09:37
You may need to unfreeze panes. Under view, Freeze/Unfreeze. Remember to select the entire worksheet first.
Christina    08 May 2015, 13:23
worked for me after I unfreeze panes
Andy    18 Apr 2015, 00:15
Worked for me after removing freeze pan
Ann    26 Mar 2015, 12:13
Check you haven't got the freeze pane on, this was what was stopping me seeing row 1-4 :-)
Ciprian    15 Jan 2015, 01:53
It works unless you have frozen panes.
Anna    05 Dec 2014, 10:56
Sorry this did not work.
The row height say 20 but still unable to see row 1.
Highlighted the spread sheet, increased the row heights. Row 1 is still missing.
mike    01 Oct 2014, 12:28
doesnt work
Rik    23 Aug 2012, 06:59
Their height can be zero
Rik    23 Aug 2012, 06:57
They can be filtered out
Kristin    20 May 2012, 10:53
I have tried the steps listed in this article, but I still cannot see the first five rows of my spreadsheet. Is there any other reason why the first five rows might not be seen?
 
 

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