Excel on Mac: Text on Multiple Lines in One Cell

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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13 Comments

  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!!!

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