How to Make Columns Wider in Excel

By Erica Sweeney

There are many ways to customize a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. Knowing how to make columns wider in Excel is important when building spreadsheets because it is very common for text or numbers to not fit into a cell. Once you know how to widen Excel columns, creating spreadsheets will be much easier.

Click & Drag

Step 1

Place your mouse pointer on the top row where the column letters are displayed.

Step 2

Move the cursor over the lines separating the columns and notice that the cursor becomes a cross.

Step 3

Place the cursor over the line to the right of the column that you want to make wider. Be sure that it turns into a cross before going to the next step.

Step 4

Click and drag the column over until it is the width that you want.

Use the Toolbar

Step 1

Go to "Format."

Step 2

Select "Column" and then "Width."

Step 3

Enter the width that you want the column to be in the "Column Width" box.

Step 4

Click "OK." The column's width will change.