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 2016 lesson.

Wrapping text and merging cells

Whenever you have too much cell content to be displayed in a single cell, you may decide to wrap the text or merge the cell rather than resize a column. Wrapping the text will automatically modify a cell's row height, allowing cell contents to be displayed on multiple lines. Merging allows you to combine a cell with adjacent empty cells to create one large cell.

To wrap text in cells:

In our example below, we'll wrap the text of the cells in column D so the entire address can be displayed.

  1. Select the cells you want to wrap. In this example, we'll select the cells in column D.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Selecting cells to wrap
  2. Select the Wrap Text command on the Home tab.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Clicking the Wrap Text command
  3. The text in the selected cells will be wrapped.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013The wrapped text

Click the Wrap Text command again to unwrap the text.

To merge cells using the Merge & Center command:

In our example below, we'll merge cell A1 with cells B1:E1 to create a title heading for our worksheet.

  1. Select the cell range you want to merge.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Selecting cell range A1:E1
  2. Select the Merge & Center command on the Home tab.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Clicking the Merge & Center command
  3. The selected cells will be merged, and the text will be centered.


    Screenshot of Excel 2013Cell A1 after merging with B1:E1

To access more merge options:

Click the drop-down arrow next to the Merge & Center command on the Home tab. The Merge drop-down menu will appear. From here, you can choose to:

Screenshot of Excel 2013Accessing more Merge options