I tried that and it didn't work. I just don't understand why only the selected cells become visible I put a lot of work into the form and I'd prefer not to do it all again, so if anyone has any ideas - please let me know! Thanks.
just delete control from the form and try to add with same name to preserve the coding done on the variable. VS behaves odd at times. when this happens i used to close all the visual studio and start over again. will work like a charm.