Text and Cell Alignments

In Excel XP alignment is important to be able to easily read data. Learn to format text and tables in various ways in Excel.

Changing vertical cell alignment

You can also define vertical alignment in a cell, similar to how it is done for horizontal alignment. In vertical alignment, information in a cell can be located at the top of the cell, middle of the cell, or bottom of the cell. The default is bottom.

Vertical Alignment Examples

To change vertical alignment using the Format Cells dialog box:

  • Select a cell or range of cells.
  • Choose FormatCells from the menu bar.

    (You could also right-click and choose Format Cells from the shortcut menu.)
  • The Format Cells dialog box opens.
  • Click the Alignment tab.
  • Click the Vertical drop-down menu and select a vertical alignment treatment.
  • Click OK to apply the vertical alignment to the selected cell(s).