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How to Adjust Cell Margins in Excel & Google Sheets

This tutorial demonstrates how to adjust cell margins in Excel and Google Sheets.

 

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Change Cell Margins

Left Indent

To adjust the left cell margin in Excel, create a left indent that moves the contents of the cell to the right.

In the cell where the adjustment is required, in the Ribbon, select Home > Alignment and then click on the left alignment button.

 

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The cell is then indented by the default value.

Specify Size of Indent

  1. In the Ribbon, select Home > Alignment and then select the small icon in the bottom right hand corner of the alignment group.

 

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  1. In the Format Cells dialog box, (1) select Left (Indent) in the Horizontal drop down box, and then (2) select the value to indent by in the Indent box.

 

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  1. Click OK to left indent the cell (and thus change the cell margin) by the required amount.

 

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Center Text

If you wish to adjust the cell margins all around the cell – left and right, top and bottom – you can center the text and change the size of the cell.

To center with just two clicks, in the Ribbon, select Home > Alignment and then select (1) Middle Align and then (2) Center.

 

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To center through the alignment menu and resize the cell, follow these steps:

  1. In the Ribbon, select Home > Alignment and then select the small icon in the bottom right hand corner of the alignment group.
  2. In the Format Cells dialog box, select Center in both the Horizontal and Vertical drop down boxes.

 

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  1. Click OK.
  2. Then adjust the column width and row height as required.

 

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Adjust Cell Margins in Google Sheets

You cannot indent text in a cell in Google Sheets the same way as in Excel, but you can center the text in a cell both horizontally and vertically and then adjust the size or the row and column.

  1. From the Menu, select Format > Alignment and then select Center to center the text horizontally.
  2. Select Middle to center the text vertically.

 

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  1. Then adjust the row and column sizes as required.

 

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Note: See How to Indent in Excel & Google Sheets for a workaround to left-indent a cell in Google Sheets.