How to Wrap Text in Excel and Google Sheets

Are there text overflowing into other cells in your Google Sheets cells because the content is too long? This may make it challenging to read and comprehend your spreadsheets.

We'll show you how to wrap text in Google Sheets  so that it neatly fits inside each cell. This will assist in maintaining the presentation, organization, and readability of your data.

What Is Wrap Text in Excel and Google Sheets

What Is Wrap Text in Excel and Google Sheets
What Is Wrap Text in Excel and Google Sheets

Wrap text allows you to display long or multi-line text within a single cell, eliminating the need for text to overflow into adjacent cells. This makes it much easier to read and understand your data.

Instead of having text cut off or hidden, wrapping text ensures that it is fully displayed within a cell.

Why should you use the wrap text feature instead of simply widening the column?

Well, when you're working with large worksheets and a lot of data, maintaining readability and a clear overview of the information becomes challenging. Wrapping text is an optimal solution for this scenario.

How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets

Using the Format menu is the simplest way to wrap text in Google Sheets. Take these actions to accomplish this:

  1. Chosse the cell(s) that you want to wrap text
  2. Click the Format option in the top menu
  3. Move curser over the Wrapping option
  4. Click on Wrap
How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets
How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets

You can use the Alt + Enter shortcut in Google Sheets to manually insert a line break in a text.

How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets on Mobile

Text wrapping is simple and easy to use with the Google Sheets mobile app. To wrap text in Google Sheets on an iOS or Android device, follow these steps:

  1. To choose the cell or cells that hold your text, tap.
  2. Press the Format symbol (a horizontal line around the letter “A”) at the top of the screen.
  3. Select the Cell tab.
  4. Turn on the “Wrap text” button.
How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets on Mobile
How to Wrap Text in Google Sheets on Mobile

After completing these procedures, long text that was leaking into other cells will now be contained inside its own cell.

How to Wrap Text in Excel

If you're an Excel user, you'll be pleased to know that there are several ways to wrap text inside a cell. Choose the method that suits you best:

1. Using the Keyboard Shortcut

How to Wrap Text in Excel
How to Wrap Text in Excel

To wrap text in Excel, simply select the cell(s) and press Alt + H + W on your keyboard. This shortcut will instantly adjust the text inside the cell, wrapping it as needed.

2. From the Home Tab

If you prefer not to use keyboard shortcuts, you can easily wrap text from the Excel Home tab. In the middle of the Ribbon, you'll find an option called Wrap Text. Clicking on it will wrap the text in the selected cell(s).

3. Manually Wrap the Text

Automatic wrapping may not always give you control over line breaks, resulting in a messy or poorly formatted workbook. To have more precise control over line breaks, you can manually wrap text by pressing Alt + Enter to add a line break. This will adjust the row height accordingly.

4. From Format Cells

For those interested in learning another trick for wrapping text in Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Excel file and press Ctrl + 1 to open Format Cells.
  2. Go to the Alignment tab and check the box next to Wrap text.
  3. Click OK, and your text will be wrapped inside the cell.

Note: Wrap Text is not working in Excel

If your text isn't automatically wrapping in Excel, it's possible that the row height has been manually adjusted.

In this case, you can click on the Format button (under the Home tab) and select the AutoFit Row Height option. This will fix the issue and ensure proper text wrapping in your Excel spreadsheet.

Wrapping text is a valuable technique for maintaining readability and organizing data effectively. So give it a try and see how it improves your spreadsheet workflow!