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How to prevent text from spilling over to next cell in Excel?

Have you ever annoyed that when your data is longer than the cell width, it will spill over to next cell as below screenshot shown. Now I will tell you the method to prevent text from spilling over to next cell in Excel.
Prevent text form overlapping cells

arrow blue right bubble Prevent text form overlapping cells

To prevent text from overlapping cells, you can do as follow:

1. Select the cells you want to prevent cell contacts from spilling over and right click, then select Format Cells from the context menu. See screenshot:


2. In the Format Cells dialog, click Alignment tab, then select Fill in the drop down list of Horizontal. See screenshot:

3. Click OK. Now the data in the selected cells will never spill over.


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      Matthew · 4 months ago
      Worked fine and then things went wrong. I typed a single N in one cell and it filled it with NNNNNNNNNNNNNN. I had double entries for longer strings of text, like "Single NarrativeSingle Narrative" so this solution didn't work for me. :(