Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Adjusting Row Height for Your Text.

Adjusting Row Height for Your Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 15, 2019)

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It is fairly easy to put more text in a cell than can be readily displayed. While you can widen the column to fit your text, sometimes this is not a good (or viable) option. Instead, you can wrap the text within the cell, so that the cell height is increased to display all the text. Follow these steps:
  1. Select the cells whose formatting you want to affect.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
  3. Click on the Alignment tab. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Alignment tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Wrap Text check box is selected.
  6. Click on OK.
It is important to remember that your row height will only increase automatically if you haven't explicitly specified the row height. If the height doesn't expand to fit the contents of the cell, follow these steps, after doing the previous steps:
  1. Select the row.
  2. Make sure the Home tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  3. Within the Cells group, click Format. Excel displays a drop-down menu of choices.
  4. Choose AutoFit Row Height from the menu.
The text should now be wrapped within the cell and all visible.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9578) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Adjusting Row Height for Your Text.

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What is 2 + 9?

2019-04-15 08:27:55

Jennifer Thomas

Is there a functional difference between setting it in the dialog box and clicking the Wrap text button?

Or between setting it in the dialog box and and selecting the sheet + double-clicking the barrier between any two row numbers?

I've used all those methods, but sometimes it doesn't work on all rows (even those without line beaks) and I've often wondered if there is some subtle difference in the way I did it that makes it not work … thanks!


2019-04-15 07:44:46

Julie

Any way to adjust row height in a document based on one column only? I have lots of columns with wrapped text but want all of the text to show/print in one particular column at a time. Ideas?


2015-03-27 14:21:30

PJSH

I produced a nice document with row height adjusted for appropriate text, but on closing and re-opening document row heights all grew larger and messed up the document.

Suggestions??


2014-04-03 08:52:30

BigJaker

Thanks Micky. I have created my own macro that does about the same presented in the tip. Mine has a few more variables involved but same concept.


2014-04-03 06:18:49

JD Murphy

Autofit problem.
Last line -particularly if short - doesn't show. Any Ideas?
JD


2014-04-02 13:45:30

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@Roger + BigJaker,
Have a look at the hereubder link:
http://excelribbon.tips.net/T010228_Adjusting_Row_Height_when_Wrapping_Text.html
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2014)
ISRAEL


2014-04-01 08:40:19

BigJaker

Roger, I had a similar situation on a sheet. I created a macro to trigger when the number of characters in the merged cell hit a certain number it would expand to a specified height. If the length of characters was in another range it would expand further. Their are some gotchas though with this type of macro answer, the width of the merged cells has to be a certain width. If the columns are smaller less text will fit. Hope this can get you started to creating an answer for your situation.


2014-03-10 11:51:09

Roger Barnes

This doesn't seem to work if multiple cells in the row are merged. Any attempt to auto adjust the row height makes it a single line high even if the merged cells content is multiple lines in length.


2014-03-09 20:38:23

Karen

Am not seeing figures in any of the tips with either Firefox or Explorer - any suggestions?


2014-03-08 10:34:31

Henry Noble

Alt-Enter is very handy for a short bit of text, but its function is not quite the same as letting wordwrap do the job.
Alt-Enter inserts a hidden return and line-feed, thereby forcing a new line regardless of the size of the cell. Sometimes this is precisely what is wanted. With a long block of text, using wordwrap without Alt-Enter usually is preferable because the text will auto-adjust if the column width is changed.


2014-03-08 05:48:29

Arif Choudhary

Adjusting Row Height for Your Text

If you select the cell containing data and press Alt+enter you will get the same wrapping of data. It is a simple and short method.


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