Column Width

You can change the column width of selected cells by clicking the Data | Format | Column Width command or by using the mouse to resize the column. The Excel XLS or SYLK SLK file format must be used to save the column width in the file since ASCII file formats (.CSV, .TXT, .DAT, .BNA, .BLN) do not preserve file format information.

 

Column Width Dialog

To set column widths or to hide columns, select either the entire column or individual cells within the columns (see Selecting Worksheet Cells), and then click the Data | Format | Column Width command. Enter the width for the selected column or cells into the Column Width dialog. Columns can range from zero to 512 characters wide. The value zero (0) hides the column.

 

Change the column width by selecting columns, clicking Column Width, and then entering a number into the Column Width dialog.

 

Changing Column Widths with the Mouse

Column width can also be changed using the mouse. When the cursor is moved to the line that defines the right boundary of the column header, the cursor changes to a . Press and hold the left mouse button and move the cursor to the left or right to change the width of the column. You can double-click the column line to automatically set the column width. When automatically setting the column width, the column narrows or widens to the smallest size necessary to completely display the data and column name.

 

Hide a Column with the Mouse

You can hide a column by moving the cursor to the left until the next dividing line is reached.

 

Display Hidden Columns with the Mouse

To display hidden columns, press and hold the left mouse button at the right edge of the hidden column and move the cursor to the right to widen the column.

 

 

See Also

Row Height

Format Cells

Data Tab Commands