How To Keep Text In One Cell Google Sheets

If you are a frequent user of Google Sheets, you may occasionally come across instances where your text spills into adjacent cells. This is particularly common when you’re entering more text than a cell can visibly contain. In this blog post, we will provide you with a simple guide on how to keep text in one cell in Google Sheets.

Method 1: Using Wrap Text Option

One of the easiest methods to keep text in one cell is using the ‘Wrap Text’ feature. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell or cells that you want to apply the text wrapping.
  2. Click on the “Format” option in the menu bar.
  3. A drop-down menu will appear. Hover your mouse over “Text Wrapping”.
  4. Three options will appear: “Overflow”, “Wrap”, “Clip”.
  5. Select the “Wrap” option.

Your text should now stay within the boundaries of the cell, regardless of how much text you input.

Method 2: Using Custom Formula

If you’re dealing with more complex instances where you need to control text flow in a cell, a custom formula might be the solution. The function you will need to use is =ARRAYFORMULA(TEXTJOIN(CHAR(10), 1, A1:C1))

This formula combines the contents of cells from A1 to C1 and inserts a line break (CHAR(10)) between each cell’s content.

Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Click on the cell where you want the combined text to appear.
  2. Type the above formula into the formula bar, replacing A1:C1 with the range of cells whose text you wish to combine.
  3. Press Enter.

Your text should now appear in a single cell, with line breaks separating the original content of each cell in the range you specified.



Keeping text within one cell in Google Sheets is quite straightforward. Whether you’re using the ‘Wrap Text’ option or applying a custom formula, both methods are effective ways to control text flow in your cells. Happy spreadsheeting!