Changing Column Width and Row Height

In Excel column width can be modified, as can row height and width in Excel. Learn to modify Excel cells in this free Excel 2003 lesson.

Adjusting row height

Changing the row height is similar to adjusting a column width. There will be times when you want to enlarge a row to visually provide some space between it and another row above or below it.

To adjust the row height of a single row:

  • Place your mouse pointer to the lower edge of the row heading you want to adjust.
  • The mouse pointer changes to the adjustment tool (double-headed arrow).

    Selecting a Row's Broder
  • Drag the Adjustment tool up or down to the desired height, and release the mouse button.

    Expanded Row Height

To AutoFit the row height:

  • Place your mouse pointer to the lower edge of the row heading you want to adjust.
  • The mouse pointer changes to the Adjustment tool (double-headed arrow).
  • Double-click to adjust the row height to "AutoFit" the font size.
  • Excel 2003 "AutoFits" the row, making the entire row slightly larger than the largest entry contained in the row.