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Task pane doesn't appear properly in Excel

If you're experiencing issues with the task pane not appearing properly in Excel, there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the issue.

First, try restarting Excel

Sometimes, simply restarting the program can resolve minor glitches like this. To do so, just quit out of Excel and then relaunch it.

Check your screen resolution

Another potential cause of this issue is an incorrect screen resolution setting. To check your screen resolution:

  1. Open the Control Panel. You can do this by searching for "control panel" in the Start menu (Windows 7 and earlier) or by opening the Settings app and selecting System, and then Display. (Windows 10)
  2. Under "Appearance and Personalization", select "Adjust screen resolution". (Windows 7 and earlier)
  3. (Windows 10) In the left-hand column, select "Display". Then, under "Scale and layout", make sure that the "Change the size of text, apps, and other items" setting is set to 100%. This is typically the default setting.

  4. (Windows 10) If you're using multiple displays, you may need to adjust the resolution settings for each one individually. To do so, select "Advanced display settings". Then, under "Advanced sizing of text and other items", select the drop-down menu next to each display and choose an appropriate setting.


Update your video drivers

Updating your video drivers is another potential fix for this issue. Outdated or corrupted drivers can sometimes cause problems with task panes not appearing properly.


Try running Excel in Safe Mode

Running a program in Safe Mode is a way to test whether certain hardware or software is causing a problem. To run Excel in Safe Mode:

  1. (Windows 7 and earlier) Close all open programs, then press Ctrl+Alt+Delete. Select "Start Task Manager", then click on the "File" menu and select "New Task (Run...)". Type "excel /safe " into the Run dialog box and click "OK" (without quotes).

  2. (Windows 10) Close all open programs, then press Ctrl+Shift+Esc . Click on the " File " menu and select " New Task (Run...) ". Type "< code > excel /safe " into the Run dialog box and click "< code > OK "(without quotes).


Temporarily disable any add-ins you have installed

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