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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16 thoughts on “Excel on Mac: Text on Multiple Lines in One Cell”

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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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