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I noticed a strange behaviour in Excel 2007 files.

In an empty file, I select a number of rows and hide them. Then if I select the first and last row where all rows are hidden and unhide them, everything is fine.

If I want to do this in a filled Excel file, it doesn't work. Why?

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Ok. I have it now. You have to select the first and last row then move the cursor to get a symbol with up and down arrows and one bar. Then doubleclick and all rows are unhided. If you have the symbol with up and down arrows and two bars you only unhide one row.

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Potentially better: select, right click > unhide –  Bob Mar 15 '12 at 16:25
    
For some reason unhiding only works if filters are applied and then removed. Strange. –  user48604 Apr 10 '12 at 8:28

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