Indenting Cell Data in Excel 2007

In Excel 2007, use the Increase Indent and Decrease Indent buttons in the Alignment group on the Home tab to change the indentation of cell contents. This feature is commonly used to enhance the appearance of table data by indenting subordinate text.

Indenting cell data

Follow these steps to indent data in cells:

  1. Select the cells containing text you want to indent.

  2. Click the Increase Indent button in the Alignment group on the Home tab.

    Each time you click the Increase Indent button, Excel adds a small amount of space between the cell border and the data itself.

    Indenting data helps to set it apart from other cells (see column A).
    Indenting data helps to set it apart from other cells (see column A).

How Excel indents depends on how you format the cell:

  • If the data is left-aligned, Excel indents to the left.

  • If the data is right-aligned, Excel indents to the right.

  • If the data is centered, with the first click, Excel indents to the left; but subsequent clicks cause Excel to move the data to the right.

Removing cell indentation

If you want to remove the indentation applied to cell data, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cells containing the indented text.

  2. Click the Decrease Indent button in the Alignment group on the Home tab.

    Each time you click the Decrease Indent button, Excel removes a small amount of space between the cell border and the data itself.

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