How to Get Those Vanished Tabs at the Bottom of an Excel Workbook to Reappear


Q Every now and then the tabs at the bottom of an Excel workbook disappear. I don’t know what I did to cause that to happen, and I can’t figure out how to get the tabs to reappear. Please help.


A Any number of things can trigger that disappearing act— most commonly when you inadvertently disconnect the workbook window from the Excel window when using the trio of Restore Window buttons on the title bar (upper right of the Excel screen) and move the window under the status bar. Or a previous user of the file might have made the screen resolution too high, and the tabs get cut off at the bottom of the screen.


If, after you corrected those problems, you still can’t see the tabs, here are two likely fixes. If one doesn’t work, try the other.


  • Double-click the window’s title bar (see screenshot at right).
  • Open the View tab and in the Window group click Arrange All and then Tiled and OK.



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