How To Unhide First Column In Excel

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Today we’re going to dive into the world of Excel and explore the process of unhiding the first column. As a frequent Excel user, I’ve encountered this situation multiple times, and it’s always good to have a quick refresher on how to tackle this task.

Identifying the Hidden Column

At times, the first column in Excel might be hidden, and it can be quite frustrating when you need to access it. The first step is to identify whether the first column is indeed hidden. To do this, I typically look for a thin vertical line between the column A and the column labels, which indicates that a column is hidden.

Unhiding the First Column

To unhide the first column, I position my cursor on the column label B. Then, I move the cursor to the left until it reaches the boundary between column A and B. At this point, I right-click and select “Unhide” from the context menu that appears. Voila! The first column is now visible again.

Using the Ribbon

If you prefer using the Ribbon, you can navigate to the “Home” tab, then locate the “Cells” group. Click on “Format” and then select “Hide & Unhide” followed by “Unhide Columns.” This action will also bring back the first column into view.

Shortcut Key

For the avid keyboard enthusiasts, there’s a nifty shortcut to unhide the first column. By pressing Ctrl + Shift + 0 (zero), you can swiftly reveal the hidden column without using the mouse at all.


With these simple methods, unhiding the first column in Excel becomes a breeze. Whether you prefer using the mouse or keyboard shortcuts, regaining access to the first column is a straightforward process that can save you time and frustration in your Excel endeavors.