Disappearing Status Bar in Excel

Have you ever opened up an Excel workbook and noticed that the status bar at the bottom of the screen is missing? This can be a frustrating issue, as the status bar provides important information about the current state of your workbook. In this article, we’ll explore some possible causes of the disappearing status bar and how to fix it.

Possible Causes

1. Workbook is in Full Screen Mode

One possible cause of the disappearing status bar is that your workbook is in full screen mode. In this mode, Excel hides the status bar to give you more screen real estate. To exit full screen mode, simply press the “Esc” key on your keyboard.

2. Status Bar is Turned Off

Another possible cause is that the status bar has been turned off. To turn it back on, go to the “View” tab in the ribbon and check the “Status Bar” option.

3. Excel is in Full Screen Reading View

If you’re using Excel 2013 or later, another possible cause is that Excel is in full screen reading view. In this view, the status bar is hidden by default. To exit full screen reading view, click the “Close Full Screen Reading” button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Fixing the Issue

If none of the above solutions work, there are a few other things you can try to fix the issue:

1. Restart Excel

Try closing and reopening Excel. This can sometimes fix issues with the program, including the disappearing status bar.

2. Repair Office Installation

If restarting Excel doesn’t work, try repairing your Office installation. To do this, go to the “Control Panel” and select “Programs and Features”. Find Microsoft Office in the list of installed programs, right-click it, and select “Change”. From there, select “Repair” and follow the prompts.

3. Update Excel

If you’re using an older version of Excel, it’s possible that the issue has been fixed in a more recent update. Try updating Excel to the latest version to see if that resolves the issue.


The disappearing status bar in Excel can be a frustrating issue, but there are several possible causes and solutions. By trying the solutions outlined in this article, you should be able to get your status bar back and continue working on your Excel workbook with ease.


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