Example: Hiding Rows and Columns

This program is an example of how to hide rows and columns in XlsxWriter.

An individual row can be hidden using the set_row() method:

worksheet.set_row(0, None, None, {'hidden': True})

However, in order to hide a large number of rows, for example all the rows after row 8, we need to use an Excel optimization to hide rows without setting each one, (of approximately 1 million rows). To do this we use the set_default_row() method.

Columns don’t require this optimization and can be hidden using set_column().

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# Example of how to hide rows and columns in XlsxWriter. In order to
# hide rows without setting each one, (of approximately 1 million rows),
# Excel uses an optimizations to hide all rows that don't have data.
#
# Copyright 2013-2016, John McNamara, jmcnamara@cpan.org
#
import xlsxwriter

workbook = xlsxwriter.Workbook('hide_row_col.xlsx')
worksheet = workbook.add_worksheet()

# Write some data.
worksheet.write('D1', 'Some hidden columns.')
worksheet.write('A8', 'Some hidden rows.')

# Hide all rows without data.
worksheet.set_default_row(hide_unused_rows=True)

# Set the height of empty rows that we do want to display even if it is
# the default height.
for row in range(1, 7):
    worksheet.set_row(row, 15)

# Columns can be hidden explicitly. This doesn't increase the file size..
worksheet.set_column('G:XFD', None, None, {'hidden': True})

workbook.close()