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    Topic 11: Discover The Excel Cell Alignment Options

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    The Excel alignment formatting options are contained within the Alignment group on the Home tab. For more alignment options, you can click on the Alignment group dialog box launcher to display the Format Cells dialog box.





    To align data between the left and right sides of a cell

    Select the cell, or cells, you wish to align.
    On the Home tab, in the Alignment group, click the Align Text Left icon to align data with the left edge of the cell.
    Click on the Center icon to center data in the cell.
    Click on the Align Text Right icon to align data with the right edge of the cell.

    To align data between the top and bottom of a cellAdvertisement


    Select the cell, or cells, you wish to align.
    On the Home tab, in the Alignment group, click the Top Align icon to align data in the top position of the cell.
    Click on the Middle Align icon to centralized data vertically in the cell.
    Click the Bottom Align icon to align data in the bottom position of the cell.

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    To change the orientation of data cells

    Select the cell, or cells, you wish to change.
    On the Home tab, in the Alignment group, click the Orientation icon. You will see a drop down menu allowing you to format the cell orientation.


    Select any one of the command. Experiment with applying some of the other orientation effects.

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    To wrap multiple lines of data in a cell

    Type the text ‘The Ultimate Guide to Excel 2007’ into the cell C5 and press Enter. The entry will appear as one long line that does not ‘fit’ into the cell.
    Select the cell C5 and then on the Home tab, in the Alignment group, click the Wrap Text icon. The text will wrap as follow:


    To merge several cells

    Select the cells that you wish to merge to become one cell.
    On the Home tab, in the Alignment group, click the Merge & Center icon.

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    To shrink the text into one cell

    Type the data you require into the cell and press Enter.
    Right-click on the selected cells, click Format Cells.


    From the Format Cells dialog box displayed, click on the Alignment tab.
    Under the Text control section, tick the Shrink to fit check box and click on OK.

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    You can also use this right-click method to do the wrap text and merge cells.

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