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How to center text across multiple cells in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-09-13

In Excel, we can use the Merge & Center feature to merge and center the text across multiple columns, but after applying the operation, the merged cells will become only one cell, and it has some disadvantages such as we can’t sort or filter the data correctly. In this case, the function Center Across Selection can help us to center text across multiple columns and leave the all cells in their own places. To get more details, please read the following article.

Center text across multiple cells in Excel

arrow blue right bubble Center text across multiple cells in Excel

Suppose you have the following data range, and you want the heading to span the whole table:


1. Select the cells that you want to center this text, see screenshot:


2. Right click, and choose Format Cells from the context menu, then in the popping out Format Cells dialog box, click Alignment tab, and then choose Center Across Selection from the Horizontal drop down list, see screenshot:


3. Then click OK to close this dialog, and your value in the cell has been centered across the selection, but all the cells are all still in place, see screenshot:


Note: With this Center Across Selection feature to center your data, it can keep your primary structure of your worksheet intact.

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