How to put 2 lines of text in an Excel cell

Place cursor at desired location in text, press: ctrl + alt (option) + enter (return)

This will allow you to enter multiple lines within a single Excel cell. This is not the same as “word wrap”, which simply wraps one long line of text to fit the cell.

I added this reminder-Post to my blog because I could never remember how to make 2 lines of text in an Excel cell. It was so frustrating!

I’m on a Mac, and still using the Excel for Mac 2011 edition. I know, I’m old school.

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  1. Louella on September 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this solution!

  2. Peta on July 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    SOOOOOOO helpful, thank you!

  3. Mandy on September 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love you.

  4. bright kyei on January 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Wow it worked perfectly for me. Thanks man.

    • designparc on January 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Glad to hear it, bright kyei.

    • vebiltdervan on March 3, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Note: Apply the Ctrl-Opt-Rtn in the cell itself, not in the ‘text line’ atop the sheet: this still took me a minute to figure out.

  5. Superman on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks a Million!

  6. miecintosh on October 13, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Thank you sooooo much! U just saved the world! 🙂

    • Reid Walley on October 13, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Glad it worked, miecintosh!

  7. MacUser on December 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you kindly sir, I have been trying to figure that out. without having to insert a textbox everytime.
    thank you and God bless you.

  8. Deepika on August 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you So work It was very helpful

  9. Tony on September 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    You saved me! I was so frustrated. Thanks so much!!!!!!

  10. Gabe on May 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    THANKS!! I use Windows at work, and could not for the life of me figure out why the same command wouldn’t work in Excel for Mac!!!

  11. Dana on April 12, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Fantastic, thank you!

  12. AC on September 10, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Thank You!

  13. AC on September 10, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Thank You, not a lot of resources out there for Excel in Macs!

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