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FAQ: How to hide columns in OpenOffice.org Calc [Show / Hide]

In OpenOffice and NeoOffice, you can show and hide rows and columns. This is useful as you may want the data to be included in the sheet, however you may not necessarily want all the data viewable. Note that this does NOT delete the data. It merely hides the column.

You may have columns of data and wish to hide one column from view.

You may have columns of data and wish to hide one column from view.

Hiding & Showing Columns: Calc

OpenOffice.org Tutorials for Calc

Hiding a Column

To hide a column, right mouse click (or Control-Click for Mac users) on the letter at the top of the column. This will highlight the column, as well as make a menu appear.

Select ‘Hide’ from the menu.

Right click on the letter at the top of the column (header) and select 'Hide'

Right click on the letter at the top of the column (header) and select 'Hide'

The column should disappear from view.

Note in the image below, you can see column C and column E, but column D is not visible.

Hiding & Showing Columns: Calc

OpenOffice.org Tutorials for Calc

Column D is not visible

Column D is not visible

Showing a Column (Excel: unhide)

To make the column visible, click on the C and E columns, highlighting them both, and then right click (or control-click) and select ‘Show’ from the menu, like this:

Highlight the columns on each side of the invisible column, then right click (Control-Click) and

Highlight the columns on each side of the invisible column, then right click (Control-Click) and select 'Show' from the menu

You should now be able to see your column.

Hiding & Showing Columns: Calc

OpenOffice.org Tutorials for Calc