Toolbars May Be Lost When Exiting Full Screen Mode

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In Microsoft Excel, if you are in Full Screen mode and have floating toolbars on the screen, those toolbars may "disappear" when you return to the regular display mode.


To restore a toolbar that disappeared when you exited Full Screen mode:
  1. From the View menu, choose Toolbars.
  2. In the list of Toolbars, select the desired toolbar. If its check box is selected, clear it.
  3. Choose OK to exit the Toolbars dialog box.
  4. From the View menu, again choose Toolbars.
  5. In the list of Toolbars, select the desired toolbar. Select its check box.
  6. Choose OK.
The toolbar should now be visible.


The Full Screen mode in Microsoft Excel allows you to view your worksheets in the fullest size possible. When you enter Full Screen mode, Microsoft Excel maximizes itself, hides its own title bar to provide more room, and shows the Full Screen toolbar.

If you move a floating toolbar (one that is not docked) to a location on the screen that was not occupied by Microsoft Excel before you switched to Full Screen mode, and you then exit Full Screen mode, the toolbar disappears. The toolbar does remain intact in the sense that it is not hidden, but you cannot see it because it lies outside Microsoft Excel's window area.

To restore a toolbar that has disappeared because of exiting Full Screen mode, use the workaround above. To prevent this from occurring, dock your toolbars when in Full Screen mode. Docked toolbars remain docked and visible when you exit Full Screen mode.


Article ID: 109178 - Last Review: August 15, 2005 - Revision: 1.3
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
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