How to Indent in Excel


Microsoft Excel allows you to format text similarly to how you do in Microsoft Word, although without as many options. One formatting feature is indentation, which allows you to force text in a cell to appear to the right of the cell's border, rather than butting up against it. This feature is useful when you're designating text as components in a list or separating it from category headers.

  • Open Microsoft Excel.

  • Click and drag your mouse over the cells you wish to indent. Alternatively, click a left row number or a top column letter to select the entire row or column.

  • Click the "Indent" button, located in the "Alignment" group of the "Home" tab. This button graphically depicts indentation using horizontal lines.

  • Click the "Indent" button repeatedly to increase the amount of indentation. All selected cells will indent, and any new text entered in the cells will likewise indent.

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