Show or hide columns in a list or library

Show or hide columns in a list or library

You can show or hide columns in a list or library as an alternative to deleting. When you hide a column, it doesn't affect the column or the data in the column, as it would if you deleted it. To re-use the column, you can just show it again.

Note: To show or hide a column in a list or library, you must at least be a member of the default Designers SharePoint group for the site.

You can also add, change, or delete columns in a list or library, as well as create or delete a list from a page or site in SharePoint. For more information about managing lists or libraries with many items, see Manage large lists and libraries in SharePoint.

Show or hide a column in a list or library

  1. Go to the library or list for which you want to show or hide columns.

  2. At the top of any column, select the down arrow Chevron icon to expand details. , then select Column Settings > Show/hide columns.

    The Column settings > Show/hide columns option when a column heading is selected in a modern SharePoint list or library
  3. In the Edit view columns pane, check (to show) or uncheck (to hide) the box for the column or columns as needed.

    Note: If you want to re-arrange the order of the columns, either drag-and-drop the column name, or select the up or down arrow next to the column name as preferred.

    The Edit view columns pane in modern SharePoint Online
  4. When you're finished, select Apply.

Show or hide a column in a list or library in classic SharePoint

  1. If the list or library is not already open, select its name on the page or in the Quick Launch.

    If the name of your list or library does not appear on a page, select settings Office 365 Settings button , select Site Contents, and then select the name of your list or library.

  2. In the ribbon, select the List or Library tab.

    The library and browse tab on the ribbon
  3. In the Manage Views group, select Modify View.

    SharePoint Online Ribbon Library tab modify view option
  4. In the Columns section, check or clear the box under the Display heading next to the column you want to show or hide.

    Column chooser dialog box
  5. Select OK to save.

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