Modifying Columns, Rows, and Cells

In Excel column width can be modified, as can row height and width in Excel. Learn to modify Excel cells in this free Excel 2010 lesson.

To insert rows:

  1. Select the row below where you want the new row to appear.
    Selecting the row Selecting the row
  2. Click the Insert command on the Home tab.
    Selecting the Insert Cells command Selecting the Insert Cells command
  3. The new row appears in your worksheet.
    The inserted row The inserted row

When inserting new rows, columns, or cells, you will see the Insert Options button Cursor by the inserted cells. This button allows you to choose how Excel formats them. By default, Excel formats inserted rows with the same formatting as the cells in the row above them. To access more options, hover your mouse over the Insert Options button and click the drop-down arrow that appears.

Accessing Insert Options Accessing Insert Options

To insert columns:

  1. Select the column to the right of where you want the new column to appear. For example, if you want to insert a column between A and B, select column B.
    Selecting the column Selecting the column
  2. Click the Insert command on the Home tab.
    Selecting the Insert Cells command Selecting the Insert Cells command
  3. The new column appears in your worksheet.
    The inserted column The inserted column

By default, Excel formats inserted columns with the same formatting as the column to the left of them. To access more options, hover your mouse over the Insert Options button and click the drop-down arrow that appears.

Accessing Insert Options Accessing Insert Options

When inserting rows and columns, make sure to select the row or column by clicking its heading so all of the cells in that row or column are selected. If you select just a cell in the row or column, only a new cell will be inserted.