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Autofit Columns and Rows in MS Excel

Have you ever been working in MS Excel and found yourself spending all kinds of extra time trying to manually adjust column width or row heights? Or are you one of the many people who simply skip a column whenever text gets too long? (By the way, that last one can really turn into a nighmare while editing!)

Well, here’s one of the many solutions to these time consuming problems that doesn’t require headache medication if you need to go back and edit things later.


What’s AutoFit, you ask?

Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tool in MS Excel that will automatically adjust a column width or row height to accommodate the longest piece of data.

To AutoFit an entire column, go to the column labels (A, B, C, etc.) and double-click on the divider line to the right hand side. (For example, to AutoFit column B, double click on the divider line between B and C, as opposed to the divider line between A and B).


Poof! Column B has been resized to fit the largest piece of data in the column. Yeah!

Need a row height adjusted to match the data?

No problem. Simply move your mouse pointer to the row number on the left and then double-click on the bottom divider line. (This picture shows an AutoFit height adjustment for row 3).


Click, click and it all fits!

~ April