How to Put Multiple Lines in Excel Cell on Mac

Multiple lines in one cell Excel Mac

This will allow you to enter multiple lines of text inside a single Excel cell on Mac. (Note: this is not the same as “word wrap”, which simply wraps one long line of text to fit the cell.)

Follow these steps:

  1. Place cursor at desired location in Excel cell (not in formula bar)
  2. Then press: Control (ctrl) + Option (alt) + Return (enter)

Note: This is on a standard Apple Keyboard (not the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad)

How to put multiple lines in Excel cell on Mac. Key combination highlighted on MacBook keyboard.
How to put multiple lines in Excel cell on Mac. Key combination highlighted on MacBook keyboard

I made this post because I could never remember how to make two lines in one cell in Excel Mac. It was so frustrating!

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17 thoughts on “How to Put Multiple Lines in Excel Cell on Mac”

    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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