Wrapping Your Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 20, 2017)


It is fairly easy to put more text in a cell than can be easily displayed. While you can widen the column to display all the text, that may not always work for your needs. 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. Choose Cells from the Format menu. This 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.

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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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2016-01-31 22:42:06

Shannon Van

Great macro, I've installed it on my Excel 2003 and a button, works just like I want it to, THANK YOU.

2013-01-14 13:44:54

Tim Murphy

@ Doug.
I found a macro that I put into the personal.xls file and then added a button to the toolbar and assigned it to this macro. No more right clicking, etc. Macro will work on a single cell or multiple cells.

Sub WordWrapBtn()
' Word Wrap Button Macro
Dim btnstate As Boolean
On Error GoTo FixWrap
btnstate = Selection.WrapText
With Selection
If btnstate Then
.WrapText = False
.WrapText = True
End If
End With
Exit Sub
MsgBox "In the selected cells there is a mix of wrapped and unwrapped text. All text will be unwrapped."
With Selection
.WrapText = False
End With

End Sub

2013-01-14 10:13:18

Doug Damoth

Also, I've tried to find a hot key to format selected cell(s) as wrapped but didn't find any.

Any suggestions for a work-around so that we don't have to right click go to the alignment tab etc.?

2013-01-12 14:05:13

Jim Hendricks

I have noticed, while using "word wrap" and also "top" in verticle alignment, that there seems to be a limit to the number of lines/words you can view within the cell. If I exceed this limit, (whatever it is), and SAVE my work, I will need to "double click" on the cell to open and view it completely. My problem with this is that I am unable to double click and then PRINT the cell because my Excel 97 will print only the truncated view. "PRINT" is not available when the cell is in the expanded view. I have tried to expand the verticle row size by moving the line # in the far left column down with my mouse but this only enlarges the row and the last line of printing within the cell is still overlappped and unreadable followed by an empty space created by the line # shift. Is there a way around this problem? Thank you, Jim

2013-01-12 13:05:30

Ray Austin

Wrapped text looks better (& more of it remains visible) if you reverse "Text alignment: Vertical" from Bottom to Top

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