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…

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