Activate the Full Screen in Excel

Last Updated: November 04, 2023

- Written by Puneet

If you want to work distract-free, then Excel is better in full-screen mode. This tutorial will teach us to do it with three different methods.

Activate Full-Screen Mode from Ribbon

  1. First, move your cursor to the right of the screen.
  2. Now, click on the down arrow from the ribbon.
  3. After that, move your cursor to the “Full-screen mode”.
  4. In the end, click on the option to activate the screen mode.

When you click on it, your Excel will convert into a full screen mode where it hides the ribbon and quick access toolbar.


And if you also want to hide the formula bar and headers, you can go to the View Tab and untick “Formula Bar” and “Headers”.


With this, you can get a complete full screen.


Important Note: Full-screen mode applies to the current workbook, not the entire Excel application.

Adding Full-Screen Options Button to Quick Access Toolbar

You can also add a button to the quick access toolbar.

  • Go to the File Tab > Options > Quick Access Toolbar.
  • After that, select “All Commands” from “Choose Commands from”.
  • Select “Full Screen” from the list and click Add.
  • In the end, click OK to add the button to the quick access toolbar.

Once you click OK, it will add a button on the quick access toolbar.


The full-screen mode with this button slightly differs from the first options we learned above. And to deactivate this full-screen mode, you can use the Esc Key.

Using a Keyboard Shortcut for Full-Screen Mode

You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + F1. Once you press this keyboard shortcut, it will activate the full-screen mode. And you can use the same shortcut key to return to the normal mode.