How to Wrap text in Excel Mac

HomeLoginSearchAboutServices We RecommendNewsletterStart a Blog!ForumDonate groovyPostSUBSCRIBEBest OfHow ToNewsReviewsYouTubeSearch How-ToHow to Wra

How to Wrap text in Excel Mac
  • Home
  • Login
  • Search
  • About
  • Services We Recommend
  • Newsletter
  • Start a Blog!
  • Forum
  • Donate


  • Best Of
  • How To
  • News
  • Reviews
  • YouTube
  • Search   How-To

How to Wrap Text in Excel

By Ben Stockton Last Updated on April 14, 2021

If the text youre adding to cells in Excel is hidden, youll probably need to wrap the text. Heres how.

If cells in your Excel workbook contain a large amount of text, Excel will automatically hide portions of the text if it overlaps with other cells, as long as those cells arent empty. This helps to keep your workbook tidy, preventing overlapping text and numbers from messing up your data.

One way to overcome this issue, however, is to wrap text in Excel. This pushes the text onto another line, increasing the cell size without overlapping with other cells. There are a few ways you can do this, from using the Wrap Text tool to adding a manual line break.

If you want to know how to wrap text in Excel, heres what youll need to do.

How Text Wrapping Works in Microsoft Excel

There are three ways that a cell containing a text string can appear in Excel.

If the text isnt wrapped, the contents of the cell will become hidden as soon as the cell border is reached. If it is wrapped, Excel will break the line, pushing the text onto another line and increasing the height of the cell itself.

However, if the cells to the right of your initial cell are empty, Excel will automatically display the full contents of your initial cell. If you add data to any other cells that this initial cell overlaps with, however, the cell value will become hidden again.

An example of various text wrapping formats in Excel

If you want to change this, youll need to wrap your text. You can do this using the Wrap Text tool or by adding line breaks manually.

How to Wrap Text in Excel Using the Wrap Text Tool

The Wrap Text tool is the easiest way to add text wrapping to a cell in Excel. To do this, open your Excel workbook and select the cell (or cells) that you wish to format.

These can be cells that have hidden text values or that current overlap with other empty cells. Once the cells are selected, press theHome tab on the ribbon bar, then press the Wrap Text button. These steps should work for both Windows and Mac users.

The Wrap Text button in Microsoft Excel

Excel will automatically shift your cells text to fill the cell, increasing the height of the cell in the process. It will not change your column width, however.

Example of Wrapped Text in Excel

You can disable this at any point by selecting your cell and pressing Home > Wrap Text again. This will return your text wrapping to normal.

Adding a Manual Line Break to Cells

Another way to quickly wrap your text without using the Wrap Text tool is to use a line break. Line breaks, as the name suggests, breaks up a text string by pushing some of the text onto another line.

You may decide to do this if you want to split up a text string at certain points, rather than when the cell border is reached.

To do this, double-click on the cell you wish to edit, then place your blinking cursor at the point where you wish to add the line break. Alternatively, select the cell, then place the blinking cursor in the same position using the formula bar.

An example of line breaks in Excel

Once the cursor is in position, press the Alt + Enter keys on your keyboard. If youre on Mac, press Control + Option + Enter instead. This will push any text after the line break onto a new line.

Wrapping text in Excel using line breaks.

If you want to remove a line break, simply place the blinking cursor after it, then press the Backspace key.

Formatting an Excel Workbook

Wrapping text in Excel is just one way you can format your Excel workbooks to better present your data. For instance, you can freeze or group together rows and columns to make it easier to work through large datasets.

If you want to change how your data is presented, you could even transpose your data. This allows you to switch your columns to rows (and vice versa). You could also use conditional formatting in Excel as a way to highlight certain values and figures, especially if youre working with rapidly changing data.   Click to comment

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Name *

Email *


Save my name and email and send me emails as new comments are made to this post.

Related Items:Microsoft, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office

Post navigationHow to Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on eBayHow to Stop Storing Off-Facebook Activity for More Privacy



How to Make a Public Profile on Snapchat

Public profiles on Snapchat give you greater exposure and the chance to reach more users. Here's how to make a public profile...


How to Find Your Windows 11 Product Key

If you need to transfer your Windows 11 product key or just need it to do a clean install of the OS,...


Backblaze Cloud Backup Review  Updated 2021

Backing up your data to the cloud via an automated service is critical. Backblaze is the solution I use and recommend. Here's...



How to Clear Google Chrome Cache, Cookies, and Browsing History

Chrome does an excellent job of storing your browsing history, cache, and cookies to optimize your browser performance online. Hers's how to...



In-Store Price Matching: How to Get Online Prices while Shopping in the Store

Buying in-store doesn't mean you have to pay higher prices. Thanks to price-matching guarantees, you can get online discounts while shopping in...

  • Search
  • About
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Service
  • Staff
  • Donate

Copyright © 2007-2021 groovyPost LLC | All Rights Reserved To Top

Video liên quan