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Double-Click Auto-Fit in Excel

Friday, April 16th, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Excel

As many MS Excel users know, you can highlight a column and then through the Format menu, Column sub-menu choice (for Excel 2007 it’s the Home tab of the Ribbon, Cells section, Format button), you can choose the AutoFit Selection option. What this does is make the column just wide enough to fit the longest piece of data in the selection.

It’s a great thing, with no guessing necessary to make the data fit.

However, we all like faster ways to do things and for this little trick, it’s a simple double-click.

The key to this trick is all in where you double-click.

What you need to do is move your mouse pointer over the column heading to the right side border (the little vertical line between the letters).


Your mouse pointer will then become a double-sided arrow.

Now, double-click. (For the circled border line shown above AutoFit formatting will be applied to column D.)

That’s it!

The column will be resized right before your eyes!

(This trick also works with multiple columns. Simply highlight the columns to change and double click on the right side of a selected column header).

This one is probably in the top 10 list of tricks I use every time I open Excel – so I’d have to say that it’s definitely something to add to your “must know” list!


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