How to Get the Excel Developer Tab Show Up in the Ribbon


You can insert a lot of interactive controls in an Excel worksheet using the Excel developer tab.

These interactive controls (such as a check box, radio button, combo box, scroll bars) are quite useful when you are creating interactive workbooks or excel dashboards.

But there is a possibility that you may not have the Developer tab available in the ribbon. If that happens, don’t panic – and keep reading how to get the developer tab.

Excel Developer Tab.. Where to Find it?

Don’t worry if you can’t find the Excel developer tab in the ribbon.

Since it is not something that most of the beginner Excel users need on a daily basis (some might), Excel team has it disabled as a default setting.

Before you can use it, you need to enable it.

How to Get the Excel Developer Tab Show Up in the Ribbon

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to get the Excel developer tab in the ribbon.

Below are the steps for getting it in Excel 2013.

While the screenshots are of Excel 2013, the process is the same in Excel 2007 or 2010.

  • Right-click on any of the existing tabs in the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. It will open the Excel Options dialogue box.Excel Developer Tab - Customize the ribbon
  • In the Excel Options dialogue box, you will have the Customize the Ribbon options. On the right, within the Main Tabs pane, check the Developer option.Excel Developer Tab - Check the Developer Option
  • Click OK.

Now you will have ‘Developer’ displayed as one of the tabs.Excel Developer Tab - Developer tab in the ribbon

Once available, you can use this tab to access all the options within it.

Alternate Method to Get Developer Tab in Excel Ribbon

There is another way you can get the Developer tab in the Excel ribbon.

Here are the steps:

  • Go to File –> Options.
  • In the Excel Options dialogue box, click on Customize Ribbon in the left pane. It will show the Customize the Ribbon options on the right.
  • On the right, within the Main Tabs pane, check the Developer option.
  • Click OK.

This will make the developer tab appear in the ribbon in Excel.

Also read: How to Remove Macros From Excel

Options Available in the Excel Developer Tab

Here are some of the useful advanced options available in the Excel Developer tab:

  • The Macro Options: There is a ‘Code’ group in the developer tab that gives you access to many macro options (such as going to the VB Editor, getting a list of all macros in the workbook, record and run the macros, and change macro security.
  • Add-ins: The Add-ins options allow you to manage inbuilt add-ins as well as new add-ins that you might have added.
  • Interactive Controls: The Control group gives you access to all the form and Active-X controls that you can use to insert interactive tools such as a scrollbar, combo boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.

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Sumit Bansal
Hello there! I'm Sumit Bansal, founder of and an Excel MVP. I started this website in 2013 with a simple goal: to share my love for Excel through easy to follow tips, tutorials and videos. I'm here to help you get the best out of MS Excel to save time and boost your productivity.

8 thoughts on “How to Get the Excel Developer Tab Show Up in the Ribbon”

  1. It worked for me, and it extremely helpful Thanks! I’m just amazed it is not something we can just turn on it Excel under options. It seems ridiculous that they removed the automatic highlight of the active row during the last(?) upgrade. Is there anyway to get this feedback back to MS?

  2. this was poor information. I never got excel to do what i wanted despite reading these directions many times

  3. I’ve been away from VBA programming in Excel for a few years and didn’t even have Excel during that time. Decided to get back into programming basically for myself and friends and family. Bought the stand alone Excel for $130 a few hrs ago and went looking for the Developer’s tab or any access route into my VBA program. I even went to Microsoft for some help and tried several attempt on the net to find out how to connect again with my macros created with VBA. No luck, not on the net, not at three different connects with Microsoft help…but FINALLY…your site and God be praised. I found EXACTLY what I needed to reestablish my connect with VBA thru Excel. I have forgotten much, but this is a good start…now.
    Thank you for this site.


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