Tame your computer – adjust the bar

17 Sep

The total number of characters that a cell can contain is 32,767. That’s a lot and it can therefore sometimes be tricky to read or edit text. Although you can use the up or down arrows at the end of the formula bar to cycle through the content, line by line, it might be easier to expand the formula bar to display the entire content of the cell. (With thanks to Sonia Woodend for the inspiration for this week’s tip.)

Here’s how:

  1. Click the chevron button at the end of the formula bar.  The button looks like a v but if you cannot spot it or prefer keyboard shortcuts press CTRL+SHIFT+U. OR
  2. Hover over the formula box until the pointer changes to a vertical double arrow and then double-click the vertical double arrow (or drag it to where you want it).

This will make it easier to format part of the cell (see tip 141) or enter line breaks. (Remember ALT + ENTER?)

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