When you type text in a cell, Google Sheets automatically hides anything that extends beyond the size of the cell. If you don’t want to double-click a cell to see its contents, here’s how to use the wrap text feature.
By default, whenever a cell contains more characters than physical appearance, instead of spilling over onto the next line, extra characters are hidden from sight. To show all the text contained in a single cell, we’ll use the wrap text feature to format and see the entirety of the cell.
Fire up your browser, head to the Google Sheets home page, and open a new or existing spreadsheet.
Click on an empty cell and then type text. Make sure to enter enough characters for Google Sheets to automatically hide the excess.
If you open a spreadsheet that already contains data, you can select the cell(s) where you want to apply text wrap format.
Next, click Format > Text Wrapping and then click on the “Wrap” option to format the cell.
Afterward, the cells you selected to format no longer hide the remaining characters inside the cell. Now, the characters wrap to a new line within the containing cell.
That’s all there is to it. Whenever you need to show all the data inside a cell in an instant, you can use the wrap text formatting feature to accomplish it easily.
When you enter text that’s longer than the cell’s width, Excel automatically overflows the text to the next columns to display it. One way to fix this is to wrap the text so it displays on multiple lines but below, but here we’ll show how to hide the overflow text while keeping the cell at standard height.
Hide Overflow Text in a Cell
Without wrapping the text and increasing the cell height, you can prevent text displaying beyond the right cell border. In the below example, the text from cell B2 is displayed over cells C2 and D2.
To avoid this and cut off the text outside of cell B2’s borders, follow these steps:
As a result, the text in cell B2 is cut off to fit the cell height and is no longer overflowed to the other cells.
Hide Overflow Text in Google Sheets
To achieve the same in Google Sheets, select the text cell and in the Toolbar, choose Text wrapping, and click Clip.
If you don’t want people to change the content in a spreadsheet, you can protect it. This shouldn’t be used as a security measure. People can print, copy, paste, and import and export copies of a protected spreadsheet. Only share spreadsheets with people you trust.
Tip: If "Protected sheets and ranges" isn't visible, you're likely in Microsoft Office editing. To use sheets and ranges protection, convert your file to Google Sheets. Learn about Microsoft Office editing and how to convert Microsoft Office files.
Protect a range or sheet
Important: When you protect a sheet, you can’t:
To see protected cells, click View
Protected ranges. A striped background will appear over the cells.
Who can protect a range or sheet
Edit a copy of a protected sheet
Hide sheets from view
You can hide sheets that are old or are placeholders for calculations used by other sheets.
Hiding a sheet is not the same as protecting a sheet.
Hide or unhide a sheet
To hide a sheet:
To unhide a sheet:
Import and export spreadsheets with hidden sheets
Hidden sheets will stay hidden if you:
Tip: You can perform bulk actions on multiple tabs in a Sheet, such as:
For bulk actions, on your keyboard press Shift, select the tabs
click the action you want to perform.
Copy a sheet
You can copy a sheet in a spreadsheet. Copies can be made within the same spreadsheet or into a separate spreadsheet.
To copy a sheet to another spreadsheet:
To copy a sheet within a spreadsheet:
To change the order of the sheets in a spreadsheet, click and drag a sheet tab until it is in the order you want.
Rename a sheet
To change the name of a sheet in a spreadsheet, double-click the text on the sheet tab and type in the new name.
How do I hide text in a cell in Google Sheets?
Hide Overflow Text in Google Sheets To achieve the same in Google Sheets, select the text cell and in the Toolbar, choose Text wrapping, and click Clip. You get the same result as in Excel.
How do I hide information in Google Sheets?
To hide a sheet:.
Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app..
Tap the sheet you want to hide..
On the sheet tab, tap the Down arrow. ..
Tap Hide. This option won't show if your spreadsheet doesn't contain two or more sheets..
Your sheet will be hidden from view..
How do I only show certain cells in Google Sheets?
Filter your data.
On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets..
Select a range of cells..
Click Data. Create a filter..
To see filter options, go to the top of the range and click Filter . Filter by condition: Choose conditions or write your own. ... .
To turn the filter off, click Data. Remove filter..
How do I hide rows with certain values in Google Sheets?
To hide a row, select the row you want to hide and then click on the "hide" button in the toolbar. Another way to hide a row is to use the filter function. To hide a row using the filter function, select the row you want to hide and then click on the filter button in the toolbar.