Software & Apps MS Office How to Indent in Excel Add indentations to some or all contents within a spreadsheet cell by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on October 15, 2020 MS Office Excel Word Powerpoint Outlook Tweet Share Email Excel spreadsheets help you organize, manipulate, and share data, but sometimes formatting is also important. There are times you may need to indent text in an Excel cell, for example, if you're using a specific layout or adding a paragraph. Here's a look at how to use Excel's built-in indenting functionality. This article's information applies to Excel for Microsoft 365, Excel on the Web, Excel 2019, and Excel 2016. How to Indent the Contents of a Cell or Set of Cells If your spreadsheet has text elements, adding indents might help readability. Select the cell or cells containing the content you want to indent. Select the Home tab if it's not already selected. In the Alignment section, select Increase Indent. The icon has four horizontal lines and a right-facing arrow. The text in your selected cells will now be indented. To add more indentation space, select Increase Indent again. If you want to remove some of the indentation space, select the cells and then select Decrease Indent. This icon has four horizontal lines with a left-facing arrow. How to Indent Individual Selections Within a Cell If your text is too long to fit in a cell, it's easy to wrap the text to the next line. However, if you want to indent the next line, you can't use the Increase Indent feature. Fortunately, there's an easy workaround. Here's how it works; Select the cell containing the text that's too long. Make sure you're on the Home tab. In the Alignment section, select Wrap Text. Your text will now extend to two lines. Click your cursor into the cell just before the second line of text and press Alt-Enter on a PC or Option-Return on a Mac. Hit the spacebar a few times to add a manual indent to the second line of text. Adjust to your preferences.