In this article, you will learn how to add indent to texts in Google Sheets. Adding indentation to your texts helps make your list, table, and data set easy to follow and understand.
Indentation means you insert whitespace(s) ahead of texts to clarify which item is categorized to which group or chunk in a data set. For example, look at the screenshot below and compare the left and right tables. Don’t you think the right table is much easier to follow in terms of quickly understanding the critical information (i.e., Revenue, COGS, SG&A, and Profit) and its breakdown?
I. Inputting spaces manually
The easiest way is to add intents to texts manually. You can take this approach when the number of texts you want to add indent is relatively small.
II. Using multiple columns and adjusting their widths
You can do indentation by using multiple columns and adjusting their widths. This approach is practical when you are going to input a relatively large number of texts, and when you can categorize the texts by group or layer. This method does not give any spaces to the beginning of texts but makes them look like those with whitespaces. You can adjust the degree of the indent by adjusting the columns’ widths.
III. Using customized number formatting
In this approach, you create new customized number formattings and apply them to the field you want to give indentation. This measurement is effective when you already have a series of texts you want to add indent on the sheet because you can apply the formattings to the cells without moving a value from one cell to another.
Unfortunately, Google Sheets does not have any indent function. You need to use one of the ways we introduced in this article according to the volume and format of data you process.
Check the following articles if you are interested in formatting text in cells.
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