The Easiest Way to Hide Zeros in Excel

An Excel table with a lot of numbers in it can be difficult to read. Often, a lot of the numbers are zeros, and it is sometimes a good idea to hide them in order to make the important numbers more visible. Of course, you could write IF-formulas that return nothing if the result is zero, but usually the way I am going to show here is better and easier.

This is what my table looks like:

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Quite hard to read, right? We definitely need to make it look cleaner!

First, select the cells that you want to format, go to the home ribbon, choose Conditional Formatting > Highlight Cell Rules > Equal to…

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Type a Zero (0) in the left field and choose Custom Format in the drop-down menu.


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Go to the Font tab and choose white colour (or light grey, if you don’t want to hide them completely):

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That’s it! The table looks nice and clean, and is a lot easier to read!

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