An Easy Way To Wrap Text In Google Sheets

When editing in Google Sheets, one of the things people commonly struggle with is editing the text inside the cells. For instance, the text may be too long for a single cell to contain it, causing it to exceed beyond the border of that cell and overlap with the next ones.


And what makes it much more challenging to edit is because you can’t click Tab or Enter on your keyboard to put the exceeding text a row below within that same cell. However, this is only the usual problem of those who haven’t explored Google Sheets much and haven’t discovered the “Text Wrapping” option yet.

Are you already familiar with it? If not, then I’m glad you came across the perfect guide because this will solve your existing problems about editing texts in a cell. With text wrapping, you can easily contain the whole text on a single cell without having to worry about overflowing or overlapping.

Let’s find out more about it.

1. Launch Google Sheets. Sign in to your account, then select a file to edit.

To begin, go to Google Sheets and sign in to your account. After that, go through your existing files and select the one you want to edit. If you haven’t started on one yet, create a new project and begin working on it.

2. Select the cell that contains the text you want to wrap.

After gaining access to the file, locate the cell containing the text you wish to wrap and select it. If you’ve already decided on a particular cell, click on it once more to confirm your choice.

If you’re worried about whether this is only applicable to specific and chosen cells, the answer is no. By selecting the empty box in the upper-left corner of the sheet, between the column and row headings, it is also possible to apply text wrapping to every cell in that particular sheet. Click once on that box and follow the next steps of the process.

3. Click the “Format” option in the menu bar.

Choose “Format” from the several options accessible in the menu bar once you’ve selected your preferred cell. A new drop-down menu will appear, which will show a set of options for how to edit the cells in your spreadsheet.

4. Choose “Text wrapping” form the drop-down menu then select “Wrap”.

Selecting “Text wrapping” from the drop-down menu will bring up a small menu with three options: overflow, wrap, and clip. Once you’ve made your selection, the menu will disappear. Overflow occurs when the size of the cell does not change, but the excess text extends and extends past the boundaries of the cell concerned.

The “Clip” option, on the other hand, is what you select when you want the text to be chopped off at the border of the cell where the data is contained. You must select the “Wrap” option for the cell to widen and accommodate the text you wish to insert.

Doing so will allow the selected cell and all the cells from the same row to be enlarged. Yet, the text won’t automatically be wrapped when that happens, and so you have to repeat the steps given above if you wish to do the same for the other cells in that row.

Manage Your Data or Text in a Cell With Ease

Editing long texts within a cell to make them appear more organized may have been one of the things that consumed a lot of your time before, but not anymore! With text wrapping, you won’t have to worry about having a messy or unclear presentation of data in your sheets because it can make all your inputs very organized.

With a few clicks, you can already apply it not only to a single or selected cell but to the entire sheet!