Do you want to hide certain tabs in your Google spreadsheet, making them invisible at first glance but still accessible? Or perhaps you have hidden tabs and want to know how to bring them back into view. In this article, we will explore how to hide and unhide tabs in Google Sheets.
The Art of Hiding Tabs
Hiding tabs can serve various purposes. For example, you can create duplicate tabs and hide them as backups, or simply hide tabs that you don’t want others to see. When building dashboards in Google Sheets, it’s common practice to hide the “back end” tabs containing formulas or raw data that might not be relevant to others. By hiding these tabs, you can maintain a clean and organized sheet for others to use.
Let’s take a simple dashboard as an example. Suppose you have a Google Sheets file with two tabs: “Import,” which contains raw data, and “Dashboard,” which displays data visualizations. You may want to hide the “Import” tab, allowing others to only see the “Dashboard” tab.
To hide a tab, follow these steps:
- Right-click near the tab name or click the small triangle near the tab name.
- Choose “Hide sheet.”
After following these instructions, the hidden tab will no longer appear in the list of tabs at the bottom of the sheet. In our example, the “Import” tab is now hidden, and only the “Dashboard” tab is visible at the bottom.
But what if you want to bring back a hidden tab? Let’s find out!
Revealing Hidden Tabs
Unhiding a tab in Google Sheets is a breeze. Here’s what you need to do:
- Click on the “View” option in the top toolbar menu.
- Hover your cursor over “Hidden sheets.”
- Select the tab you want to unhide.
When you hover over “Hidden sheets,” you’ll see a list of all the hidden tabs. However, if there are no hidden tabs, the “Hidden sheets” menu won’t expand.
Following these steps to unhide a tab will make it visible again at the bottom of the sheet.
Now you have the power to both hide and unhide tabs in your Google spreadsheets!