Start a new line of text inside a cell in Excel

To start a new line of text or add spacing between lines or paragraphs of text in a worksheet cell, press Alt+Enter to insert a line break.

  1. Double-click the cell in which you want to insert a line break

  2. Click the location where you want to break the line.

  3. Press Alt+Enter to insert the line break.

To start a new line of text or add spacing between lines or paragraphs of text in a worksheet cell, press CONTROL + OPTION + RETURN to insert a line break.

  1. Double-click the cell in which you want to insert a line break

  2. Click the location where you want to break the line.

  3. Press CONTROL + OPTION + RETURN to insert the line break.

This feature is not available in Excel for the web.

  1. Double-tap within the cell.

  2. Tap the place where you want a line break, and then tap the blue cursor.

    Insert line break

  3. Tap New Line in the contextual menu.

    New line

Note: You cannot start a new line of text in Excel for iPhone.

  1. Tap the keyboard toggle button to open the numeric keyboard.

    Keyboard switch

  2. Press and hold the return key to view the line break key, and then drag your finger to that key.

    Line break button

Note: The following procedure applies to Excel Mobile on Windows 10 only.

  1. If you are typing in a cell already, tap any other cell to get out of editing mode.

  2. Stretch two fingers apart to zoom in on a cell.

  3. Double-tap the cell.

  4. Tap and hold the selection handle , and then drag it to the place where you want a line break.

    Insert line break

  5. Tap the selection handle Selection handler again.

  6. Tap New Line.

    New line

Tip: If you are using an external keyboard, you can use the shortcut keys Alt+Enter.

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