Microsoft Excel – #### in a cell

You may have had the experience of think you are doing something wrong, because you see an Excel cell filled with hashes. In fact this is not an error at all, but instead means that your column is not wide enough to display all the data in the cell.

So, if this happens:

Navigate to the first cell where the problem occurs.

Move the mouse to the top of the column, and place it over the right-of-column marker, where it changes shape to a double-headed arrow. Double-clicking the column marker using the left mouse button automatically resizes the column to fit its widest entry. The hashed-out entries should now display numbers correctly.

There are two other ways to adjust column widths.

First, you can manually resize a column. Hover the mouse pointer at the right-of-column marker, where it changes shape to a double arrow. You can then click and drag with the mouse to set the column width.

You can affect multiple columns by selecting all of the columns you want to change and then clicking and dragging the right-most right-of-column marker. All of the selected columns are changed to the same new width.

Finally, you can set column widths using the ribbon menu, if using Microsoft Excel 2007 or Microsoft Excel 2010.

First, select the cells whose column widths you want to change. In the Home tab, under the Cells section, click on the Format dropdown arrow and select the Width menu option.

  Type in your required column width and then click OK.

The columns containing the selected cells all change in width.

Alternatively, you can use the AutoFit Selection option in the same Home tab, Cells group, Format dropdown. This makes the columns of all selected cells wide enough to display the selected data.

If using Microsoft Excel 2003 or earlier, click Format – Column – Width

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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