Excel Tip: Text Centering Trick

Excel expert David Ringstrom is sharing his tips for optimizing the way you use Excel in our new Excel Tips series.
 
By David Ringstrom, CPA
 
Need to center a title or other data across your worksheet? Most users gravitate to the Merge Cells command, which can wreak havoc with many of Excel's features.
 
Instead, select the cells you wish to center text within, and then press Ctrl-1 to display the Format Cells dialog box.
 
On the Alignment tab, choose Center Across Selection from the Horizontal drop-down list.
 
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About the author:

David H. Ringstrom, CPA heads up Accounting Advisors, Inc., an Atlanta-based software and database consulting firm providing training and consulting services nationwide. Contact David at david@acctadv.com or follow him on Twitter. David speaks at conferences about Microsoft Excel, and presents webcasts for several CPE providers, including AccountingWEB partner CPE Link.

 

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