Add multiple lines in one cell in Excel – easy guide
Have you ever been in a situation in Excel where you need to enter multiple lines of content in a single cell? In this easy guide, we'll show you how to efficiently add multiple lines in a single Excel cell.
Add multiple lines in one cell
This section provides two frequently used methods to help you easily add multiple lines in one cell in Excel.
Add multiple lines in one cell by using Alt + Enter
In Microsoft Word and similar applications, pressing the Enter key creates a new line. However, in Excel, pressing the Enter key moves the cursor to the cell below the current one. To add multiple lines within a single cell in Excel, you should use the Alt + Enter keys instead. Here's how to do it:
- Select a cell where you want to enter contents with multiple lines, such as A1 in this case.
- Type in the first line content, for example, I type in “First item,”, hold the Alt key and then press the Enter key to start a new line in the current cell.
Tip: If you are using Mac system, press the Option + Enter keys.
- Type the next lines and repeat step 2 (press Alt + Enter) for each line.
- After typing the last line, press Enter to complete the entry.
- If the cell already contains content and you want to separate this content into multiple lines, simply place the cursor at the point within the text where you wish to start a new line, and then press Alt + Enter.
- Easily remove all line breaks from selected cells in Excel
Add multiple lines by wrapping extra-long text into multiple lines
Using the "Wrap Text" feature in Excel allows you to display the content of a cell on multiple lines, especially when the content is too long to fit within the width of the cell. Here's how it works and its advantages:
- Select a cell (A1 in this case) you want to make multiple lines.
- Under the Home tab, click Wrap Text in the Alignment group.
The text in the selected cell A1 is now displayed in multiple lines. See screenshot:
- When "Wrap Text" is enabled for a cell, Excel automatically inserts line breaks at appropriate points based on the cell's width. This means the text will wrap around to a new line within the cell when it reaches the cell boundary.
- The height of the cell adjusts automatically to accommodate the wrapped text, ensuring that all content is visible without needing to manually adjust the cell's dimensions.
- If you change the column width, the text re-wraps to fit the new width, making it a flexible solution for different layouts and designs.