Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Underlining Text in Cells.

Underlining Text in Cells

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 30, 2015)

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Everyone knows that you can underline text by simply selecting what you want underlined and then clicking on the Underline tool on the ribbon or toolbar. This adds a single underline. If you want a double underline, you must display the Home tab of the ribbon and use the down-arrow at the right of the Underline tool.

If you want any fancier underlines, it really helps to display the Font tab of the Format Cells dialog box. You do this by displaying the Home tab of the ribbon and clicking the small icon at the bottom-right of the Font group.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6610) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Underlining Text in Cells.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2014-01-01 01:13:09

Mohammed Rahmattullah

haw to underline word by word in excel which are typed as sentences in different lines


2013-10-21 22:46:48

Julie Brunette

Your 2010 Excel is very hard to use. There are pages of directions on how to underline a word in a cell for God's sake. The older version had an underline icon to click on. This is not an improvement and I am annoyed at the changes which make it so much more difficult to use.


2013-01-31 08:07:50

Joe Marten

Enter the text in the cell.
Press Control + Enter to keep focus in the cell.
Press F2 to enter Edit mode.
Select the characters you wish to underline.
Press Control + U .
Press enter.


2013-01-30 11:26:38

John Marvin Magsino

how can i then underline a specific Text within a cell? e.i.

="text 1 " & {start underline} &"text 2" &{close underline}


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