Rotate or reposition data in a cell
For the optimal display of the data on your worksheet, you might want to reposition the data in a cell. You can change the alignment of the cell contents, use indentation for better spacing, or display the data at a different angle by rotating it.
For information about how to wrap text or add a line break in a cell, see Wrap text in a cell.
Select the cell or range of cells that contains the data that you want to reposition.
How to select a cell or a range
A single cell
Click the cell, or press the arrow keys to move to the cell.
A range of cells
Click the first cell in the range, and then drag to the last cell, or hold down SHIFT while you press the arrow keys to extend the selection.
You can also select the first cell in the range, and then press F8 to extend the selection by using the arrow keys. To stop extending the selection, press F8 again.
A large range of cells
Click the first cell in the range, and then hold down SHIFT while you click the last cell in the range. You can scroll to make the last cell visible.
All cells on a worksheet
Click the Select All button.
To select the entire worksheet, you can also press CTRL+A.
Note If the worksheet contains data, CTRL+A selects the current region. Pressing CTRL+A a second time selects the entire worksheet.
Nonadjacent cells or cell ranges
Select the first cell or range of cells, and then hold down CTRL while you select the other cells or ranges.
You can also select the first cell or range of cells, and then press SHIFT+F8 to add another nonadjacent cell or range to the selection. To stop adding cells or ranges to the selection, press SHIFT+F8 again.
Note You cannot cancel the selection of a cell or range of cells in a nonadjacent selection without canceling the entire selection.
An entire row or column
Click the row or column heading.
1. Row heading
2. Column heading
You can also select cells in a row or column by selecting the first cell and then pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW key (RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW for rows, UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW for columns).
Note If the row or column contains data, CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW key selects the row or column to the last used cell. Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ARROW key a second time selects the entire row or column.
Adjacent rows or columns
Drag across the row or column headings. Or select the first row or column; then hold down SHIFT while you select the last row or column.
Nonadjacent rows or columns
Click the column or row heading of the first row or column in your selection; then hold down CTRL while you click the column or row headings of other rows or columns that you want to add to the selection.
The first or last cell in a row or column
Select a cell in the row or column, and then press CTRL+ARROW key (RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW for rows, UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW for columns).
The first or last cell on a worksheet or in a Microsoft Office Excel table
Press CTRL+HOME to select the first cell on the worksheet or in an Excel list.
Press CTRL+END to select the last cell on the worksheet or in an Excel list that contains data or formatting.
Cells to the last used cell on the worksheet (lower-right corner)
Select the first cell, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+END to extend the selection of cells to the last used cell on the worksheet (lower-right corner).
Cells to the beginning of the worksheet
Select the first cell, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+HOME to extend the selection of cells to the beginning of the worksheet.
More or fewer cells than the active selection
Hold down SHIFT while you click the last cell that you want to include in the new selection. The rectangular range between the active cell and the cell that you click becomes the new selection.
Tip To cancel a selection of cells, click any cell on the worksheet.
Note To cancel a selection of cells, click any cell on the worksheet.
On the Home tab, in the Alignment group, do one or more of the following:
To change the vertical alignment of cell contents, click Top Align , Middle Align , or Bottom Align .
To change the horizontal alignment of cell contents, click Align Text Left , Center , or Align Text Right .
To change the indentation of cell contents, click Decrease Indent or Increase Indent .
To rotate the cell contents, click Orientation , and then select the rotation option that you want.
To wrap the text in a cell, click Wrap Text.
To use additional text alignment options, click the Dialog Box Launcher next to Alignment, and then on the Alignment tab of the Format Cells dialog box, select the options that you want. For example, to justify the text in a cell, on the Alignment tab, click the drop-down box under Horizontal, and then click Justify.
Tip To center or align data that spans several columns or rows, such as column and row labels, first click Merge and Center to merge a selected range of cells. Then you can select the merged cell and reposition its cell contents as described earlier in this procedure.
Microsoft Excel cannot rotate indented cells or cells that are formatted with the Center Across Selection or Fill alignment option in the Horizontal box (Format Cells dialog box, Alignment tab). If all the selected cells have these conflicting alignment formats, the text rotation options under Orientation are not available. If the selection includes cells that are formatted with other, nonconflicting alignment options, the rotation options are available. However, cells that are formatted with a conflicting alignment format are not rotated.
When text in a cell is justified, it will appear to be left aligned if the cell contents fits on a single line. When you justify text that spans multiple lines, every line is justified except the last line.