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How to Adjust Row Height in Excel (Easy Guide with Pictures)

This article will teach you two quick methods to change the heights of rows in Excel.

Why do you change the heights of rows in Excel?

Row heights in Excel may need to be adjusted for several reasons, including:

  • Fitting content: When the content in a cell exceeds the default row height, the row height needs to be adjusted to fit the content properly. This ensures that the text is visible and does not overlap with other cells.
  • Improving readability: Adjusting row heights can improve the readability of a worksheet, especially if the data in the cells is closely spaced or if the font size is small. Increasing the row height can make the data more legible and easier to read.
  • Formatting: Adjusting row heights can also help improve the overall formatting of a spreadsheet. For example, if you have a table with multiple rows, you may want to make the header row taller to make it stand out from the other rows.
  • Making room for graphics or charts: When adding graphics or charts to a worksheet, you may need to change the row height to create enough space for them to fit properly.

In summary, adjusting row heights in Excel can help ensure that your data is properly displayed and that your worksheet is easy to read and understand.

How to adjust row height in Excel?

The row height in Excel increases by default based on the font size, but it can be changed using the two easy-to-follow methods explained below:

Method 1: Using the ‘Row Height’ option to adjust the height of rows in Excel

Step 1: Select the desired row

Step 2: Right-click and select the ‘Row Height’ option (If you are a Windows user, you can press “Alt”, “H”, “O”, and “H” to get to the prompt to adjust row height)

Image illustrating step 1 and step 2 described above

Step 3: Enter the height

Step 4: Click ‘OK’

Image illustrating step 3 and step 4 described above

Note: To change the height of multiple rows together, all rows must be selected in step 1 and then step 2 to step 4 can be performed as described above.

Method 2: Changing the height of rows in Excel with the mouse

Step 1: Select the desired row (whose height you wish to adjust)

Step 2: Place the cursor towards the lower edge of the row header

Step 3: The cursor changes to a double-sided arrow and then drag the edge of the row to the desired height as shown in the image below

Picture displaying the double-sided arrow in Excel

Note: To change the height of multiple rows together, all rows must be selected in step 1 and then step 2 and step 3 can be performed as described above.

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