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Working with alignment and Wrap Text


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Excel 2013 Essential Training

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Working with alignment and Wrap Text

On the Home Tab in the ribbon, there is an alignment group with a variety of tools for allowing you to line up text in different ways within cells. Here's a look you may or may not like. I'm going to highlight the cells in row 3 and using this icon right here for Orientation, click the drop arrow and maybe angle the data counterclockwise, maybe gives it a little bit of flare or possibly exploring these some more and clicking the arrow. How about Rotating the Text Up? How does that look? Could be interesting maybe. We could adjust the row height eventually too, if we wish, so that makes sense sometimes.
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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

Working with alignment and Wrap Text

On the Home Tab in the ribbon, there is an alignment group with a variety of tools for allowing you to line up text in different ways within cells. Here's a look you may or may not like. I'm going to highlight the cells in row 3 and using this icon right here for Orientation, click the drop arrow and maybe angle the data counterclockwise, maybe gives it a little bit of flare or possibly exploring these some more and clicking the arrow. How about Rotating the Text Up? How does that look? Could be interesting maybe. We could adjust the row height eventually too, if we wish, so that makes sense sometimes.

If we want to change back here, we can simply rotate the text up again and actually that turns it back to normal or possibly could have done an undo there too. There are times when you've got data in a cell and you actually want to wrap the data, so that it appears as if you've got two rows of data in the same cell. We could certainly make column A wider, but on the other hand we might want it narrower. Let's apply what's called Wrap Text to the data here, for example. This may cause some unsatisfactory appearances. We might eventually change our minds and readjust the column width.

By going to Wrap Text, what we're seeing here is "wrap the text". In other words, if it won't fit across the column width, then put it in the same cell but underneath the data this way. I think in the example here, these aren't great choices, but do recognize this, if you were in a different worksheet-- let's imagine that we were for the moment-- if you're going to put in an entry on the column, maybe you want to put in 2013 Salary and you're envisioning the column not needing to be very wide. If you want the word Salary to appear under 2013, you can press Alt+Enter and then type Salary and then Enter.

It automatically stacks up the data that way. By pressing Alt+Enter, you were controlling where the wrap occurs. Another example could be--we'll just use this again--imagine that we're in a totally different worksheet here. If I were to type in 2013 and then Alt+ Enter and put in Tax, and then Alt+Enter and then Rate, if this is a column, it only is going to have letters or a few numbers in them, that would give us the opportunity to make the column maybe a lot narrower, if we had that kind of data in it. Recognize that you can also wrap texts, simply by pressing Alt+Enter to force a line break.

Now, at times we have data like this that's a title, and this is in cell D1, and it might look fine there, it might look better though if it were in the middle of the cell--not middle left- right--but middle, meaning top-bottom. These three buttons here have to do with vertical alignment. This is currently bottom aligned, it might look better in the middle, so let's see it that way, where it might look better on top; so we can make those changes. Now, it might also make sense to center this across these cells.

The data itself is in D1, so what might we consider doing here? How about merge in the center? And that makes sense there too. We might want to do that with this as well, centering all the way across there-- that may or may not be a good choice-- but we could try it, Merge & Center. In this case, as in the case up here, we've essentially blended or merged all of these cells, A1 through I1 are now one big cell called A1, and there is really no B1 and C1 here. This is all one big cell here.

You might add color to it, something like that. We've centered this across columns A through I. In this example here, we've centered it across columns D through I. Keep in mind too, something really basic, we might want to take this data and center it and of course we've got these buttons here for Aligning Right, Center, and Left, maybe Center looks better there and maybe not, maybe lining it up on the right. From time to time, that might be the better choice. We've got easy tools here for realigning data, both horizontally here, vertically here.

Earlier we saw Orientation, Angling Text and Wrap Text, as well as Merge &Center. Various Alignment Tools we have at our fingertips, by way of the Alignment group on the Home tab.

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