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Adjusting row heights and column widths


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Excel 2013 Essential Training

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Adjusting row heights and column widths

You can easily adjust the width of columns and the height of rows whenever needed. You're much more likely to need these with columns. Rather than using commands, although you can, it's much, much easier to use the actual column separators. If I want to make column B wider, I'll point the mouse on the boundary between B and C, where the actual letters are, click and drag to make it wider or in some cases narrower. If you make a column too narrow for the numbers to be displayed properly, you will see pound signs. A better solution sometimes is simply to double-click a boundary, and that means in effect, make the column wide enough to handle the widest entry; so we'll double-click.
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  1. 1m 6s
    1. Welcome
      43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 29m 37s
    1. What is Excel used for?
      1m 49s
    2. Using the menu system
      4m 30s
    3. The Quick Access Toolbar
      4m 41s
    4. The structure of a worksheet or workbook
      3m 41s
    5. Using the Formula bar
      1m 43s
    6. Using the Status bar
      2m 24s
    7. Navigation and mouse pointers
      2m 20s
    8. Shortcut menus and the Mini toolbar
      3m 24s
    9. Using the built-in help
      2m 54s
    10. Creating new files
      2m 11s
  3. 24m 1s
    1. Exploring data entry and editing techniques
      4m 41s
    2. Entering data with AutoFill
      4m 6s
    3. Working with dates and times
      3m 32s
    4. Using Undo and Redo
      4m 50s
    5. Adding comments
      2m 55s
    6. Using Save or Save As
      3m 57s
  4. 30m 7s
    1. Creating simple formulas: Totals and averages
      5m 25s
    2. Copying a formula for adjacent cells
      2m 54s
    3. Calculating year-to-date profits
      3m 9s
    4. Creating a percentage-increase formula
      4m 7s
    5. Working with relative, absolute, and mixed references
      4m 7s
    6. Using SUM and AVERAGE
      3m 25s
    7. Using other common functions
      7m 0s
  5. 46m 7s
    1. Exploring font styles and effects
      4m 7s
    2. Adjusting row heights and column widths
      3m 37s
    3. Working with alignment and Wrap Text
      4m 2s
    4. Designing borders
      3m 26s
    5. Exploring numeric and special formatting
      5m 36s
    6. Formatting numbers and dates
      4m 31s
    7. Conditional formatting
      4m 21s
    8. Creating and using tables
      9m 59s
    9. Inserting shapes, arrows, and other visual features
      6m 28s
  6. 20m 40s
    1. Inserting and deleting rows and columns
      4m 52s
    2. Hiding and unhiding rows and columns
      4m 2s
    3. Moving, copying, and inserting data
      5m 42s
    4. Finding and replacing data
      6m 4s
  7. 17m 51s
    1. Exploring the Page Layout tab and view
      7m 20s
    2. Previewing page breaks
      4m 56s
    3. Working with Page Setup and printing controls
      5m 35s
  8. 30m 30s
    1. Creating charts
      4m 36s
    2. Exploring chart types
      7m 47s
    3. Formatting charts
      5m 42s
    4. Working with axes, labels, gridlines, and other chart elements
      5m 35s
    5. Creating in-cell charts with sparklines
      6m 50s
  9. 12m 49s
    1. Freezing and unfreezing panes
      2m 39s
    2. Splitting screens horizontally and vertically
      4m 48s
    3. Showing necessary information with the Outlining feature
      5m 22s
  10. 23m 0s
    1. Displaying multiple worksheets and workbooks
      4m 17s
    2. Renaming, inserting, and deleting sheets
      2m 23s
    3. Moving, copying, and grouping sheets
      3m 39s
    4. Using formulas to link worksheets and workbooks
      6m 1s
    5. Locating and maintaining links
      6m 40s
  11. 20m 25s
    1. Using IF functions and relational operators
      3m 43s
    2. Getting approximate table data with the VLOOKUP function
      7m 6s
    3. Getting exact table data with the VLOOKUP function
      4m 42s
    4. Using the COUNTIF family of functions
      4m 54s
  12. 23m 50s
    1. Unlocking cells and protecting worksheets
      7m 50s
    2. Protecting workbooks
      2m 40s
    3. Assigning passwords to workbooks
      4m 41s
    4. Sharing workbooks
      4m 7s
    5. Tracking changes
      4m 32s
  13. 28m 32s
    1. Sorting data
      6m 9s
    2. Inserting subtotals in a sorted list
      8m 25s
    3. Using filters
      6m 16s
    4. Splitting data into multiple columns
      5m 4s
    5. Removing duplicate records
      2m 38s
  14. 35m 2s
    1. Creating PivotTables
      8m 36s
    2. Manipulating PivotTable data
      9m 47s
    3. Grouping by date and time
      6m 0s
    4. Grouping by other factors
      2m 33s
    5. Using slicers to clarify and manipulate fields
      4m 7s
    6. Using PivotCharts
      3m 59s
  15. 23m 29s
    1. Using Goal Seek
      6m 8s
    2. Using Solver
      6m 34s
    3. Using Scenario Manager
      6m 11s
    4. Using Data Tables
      4m 36s
  16. 24m 31s
    1. Definition and examples
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a simple macro
      7m 0s
    3. Running a macro
      10m 43s
  17. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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Excel 2013 Essential Training
6h 32m Appropriate for all Jan 29, 2013

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Whether you're a novice or an expert wanting to refresh your skillset with Microsoft Excel, this course covers all the basics you need to start entering your data and building organized workbooks. Author Dennis Taylor teaches you how to enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, work with multiple worksheets, format the appearance of your data, and build charts and PivotTables. Other lessons cover the powerful IF, VLOOKUP, and COUNTIF family of functions; the Goal Seek, Solver, and other data analysis tools; and how to automate many of these tasks with macros.

Topics include:
  • What is Excel and what is it used for?
  • Using the menus
  • Working with dates and times
  • Creating simple formulas
  • Formatting fonts, row and column sizes, borders, and more
  • Inserting shapes, arrows, and other graphics
  • Adding and deleting rows and columns
  • Hiding data
  • Moving, copying, and pasting
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Printing your worksheet
  • Securing your workbooks
  • Tracking changes
Subjects:
Business Charts + Graphs Spreadsheets Teacher Tools Education Student Tools
Software:
Excel Office Office 365
Author:
Dennis Taylor

Adjusting row heights and column widths

You can easily adjust the width of columns and the height of rows whenever needed. You're much more likely to need these with columns. Rather than using commands, although you can, it's much, much easier to use the actual column separators. If I want to make column B wider, I'll point the mouse on the boundary between B and C, where the actual letters are, click and drag to make it wider or in some cases narrower. If you make a column too narrow for the numbers to be displayed properly, you will see pound signs. A better solution sometimes is simply to double-click a boundary, and that means in effect, make the column wide enough to handle the widest entry; so we'll double-click.

Now, if at a later time, if we happen to put a word here or a long number, maybe I'll put in a long word like this, and press Enter. The column width doesn't adjust, but if I double-click the boundary between B and C, it certainly does. I misspelled it anyway, but if I take that out, what happens? The column doesn't get any narrower, so we'll double-click. With numbers, you're less likely to need that. Now, how wide is a column and do we really care? If we put the mouse pointer on a column boundary and hold down the left mouse button, we see its width with some number and then the term pixels--this is 64 pixels wide and so is this one.

That's a number hardly worth remembering, but it does at least inform us that the two columns were of the same width. Sometimes, we do keep an eye on that a little bit. Now, recognize if I changed this June entry from $980 to $1000, that's going to require the use of a comma, and so this will take up more space. What happens when I type $1000 here? Enter. The column grows automatically. The other columns here, like the one on the left, 64 pixels wide, this one is 75 pixels wide, but we don't worry about that usually.

If somehow or the other, you wanted all this to be the same width, you could drag across these columns here, take any of the boundaries, drag it to that width, 75 pixels, something like that. Here we go. Now, they're all exactly the same. If on the other hand, if you said "I want each once of these to be wide enough to handle the widest entries", in other words, let's make them all be "best fit". Let's drag across all these maybe, even on the column I--double-click a boundary--and every column is wide enough and just wide enough to handle the widest entry.

Now, you can certainly get to these features as well by going on the Home Tab to the cells group format but again this takes us in the territory which usually is no more efficient; it just takes longer to use the feature. It's much easier to adjust these by dragging these boundaries or by double-clicking. You can adjust non-adjacent columns. I could click column B and then with the control key, click column I to adjust both of those widths at the same time. When it comes to row heights, often this is automatic. For example, if I click in cell A1 and I want to use a larger font, in the font group on the Home Tab, I'll click the drop arrow, and as I slide over these numbers, you see what's happening to the row height.

It's happening automatically. Occasionally, you might want to change row heights, we could easily do that. Let's change the height of these rows here. What do we do? Drag any of these boundaries, it doesn't make any difference which one, any boundary between the numbers, make it a little bit taller maybe. We've made all of those taller at the same time. You're much less likely to want to do that or need to do that, but you certainly can. It's easy to adjust the column widths and row heights, much more likely with column widths, but it's a feature that works best by using the boundaries of the columns, rather than using the actual commands in the ribbon.

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