How to Write Paragraphs in Excel & Google Sheets

Written by

Mel Jenkins

Reviewed by

Laura Tsitlidze

Last updated on October 19, 2023

This tutorial demonstrates how to write paragraphs in Excel and Google Sheets.

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Write Paragraphs With Line Breaks

When you type text into a cell that runs over into the adjacent cell, and the right adjacent cell is empty, then the text usually flows into the empty space. To confine the text to a single cell, size the cell accordingly and wrap the text.

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To continue typing in the same cell with a second paragraph, insert a line break into the cell.

  1. Type the first paragraph, then press ALT + ENTER to insert a line break. If you wish to insert a blank line between the paragraphs, press ALT+ENTER again.

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  1. Type in the second paragraph in your cell.

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  1. Press ALT + ENTER twice once again and then type the third paragraph into your cell.

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  1. When you press ENTER, the height of the cell changes automatically.

Note: Instead of typing directly into the cell, you can expand the formula bar by dragging the bottom of the formula bar down, and then type directly into the formula bar.

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Paragraphs in a Text Box

An alternative way to create paragraphs in Excel is to insert a text box and type into the box.

  1. In the Ribbon, go to Insert > Text > Text Box.

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  1. Click and drag to draw a text box in your worksheet.

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  1. You can now type in the text box using just the ENTER key to separate individual paragraphs.

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  1. If there’s too much text to fit, size the text box using the handles around the box.

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  1. You can also use a right-side handle to increase the width of the text box.

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Write Paragraphs in Google Sheets

Google Sheets also uses ALT + ENTER to put multiple lines into a cell and create paragraphs.

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As with Excel, if you wish to view the entire paragraph in the formula bar, increase the size of the formula bar by dragging the bottom cell border down.

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Text Box

To insert a text box into Google Sheets, create a Drawing.

  1. In the Menu, go to Insert > Drawing.

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  1. Select the Text box icon and drag to create a text box.

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  1. Type the paragraphs.

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  1. Click Save and Close to return to the worksheet.

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