How to combine cells with line break / carriage return in Excel?
In Excel, we can combine multiple rows, columns or cells into one cell with the CONCATENATE function, and the combined contents can be separated by comma, dash, semicolon and other characters. But, have you ever tried to combine the cells with line break as following screenshot shown?
In Excel, we can use the CONCATENATE to combine the cells then apply CHAR function to insert the line break. Please do as follows:
1. Enter the below formula into a blank cell - A6, in this case, then drag the fill handle right to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and all the rows have been combined into a cell in a line, see screenshot:
2. After combining the rows, then click Home > Wrap Text, and all the combined contents have been separated by line break, see screenshot:
1. In the above formula, A1, A2, A3 are the cells value that you want to combine, and the CHAR(10) is used to enter line breaks in the cell.
2. If you need to combine multiple columns and cells into one cell, you just need to change the cell reference and join with the CHAR(10).
If you have Excel 2019 or later versions, the TEXTJOIN function can help you to solve this task quickly and easily.
1. Enter the below formula into a blank cell - A6, in this case, then drag the fill handle right to the cells that you want to apply this formula.
2. Then click Home > Wrap Text, and all the combined contents have been separated by line break, see screenshot:
If there are multiple cells needed to be combined, the formula will be much complicated, here, I will introduce you an easy and handy tool--Kutools for Excel, with its Combine Rows, Columns or Cells without Losing Data feature, you can quickly merge multiple rows, columns or cells into a cell separated by comma, semicolon, line break and other characters.
After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:
1. Select the data range that you want to combine, and then click Kutools > Merge & Split > Combine Rows, Columns or Cells without Losing Data, see screenshot:
2. In the popped out dialog box, do the following options:
- Select one combine type that you want to combine rows, columns or range of cell under the To combine selected cells according to following options;
- Check New line under the Specify a separator section;
- Choose one place where to put the combined result, you can put it on left cell or right cell;
- Specify how you want to deal with the combined cells. You can keep or delete contents from those combined cells, and you can also merge those combined cells.
3. After finishing the above settings, please click Ok or Apply button, you will get the following result:
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