Column Width

You can change the column width of selected cells by clicking the Data Tools | Format | Column Width command or by using the mouse to resize the column. You can double-click the column line to automatically set the column width, or you can manually change the column width by clicking and dragging the column header dividing line. When automatically setting the column width, the column narrows or widens to the smallest size necessary to completely display the data.

The Excel XLS, Excel XLSX, or SYLK SLK file format must be used to save the column width in the file since ASCII file formats (.CSV, .TXT, .DAT, .BNA, .BLN) do not preserve file format information.

Column Width Dialog

To set column widths or to hide columns, select the entire column or individual cells within the columns, and then select Data Tools | Format | Column Width. Enter the width for the selected column or cells into the Column Width dialog. Columns can range from zero to 512 characters wide.

Column Width

Change the column width by selecting columns, clicking the Column Width command, and then entering a number into the Column Width dialog.

Changing Column Widths with the Mouse

Column width can also be changed using the mouse. When the cursor is moved to the line that defines the right boundary of the column header, the cursor changes to a line with two arrows. Press and hold the left mouse button and move the cursor to the left or right to change the width of the column.

Change Column Width

This example shows the cursor being used to change the width of column A.

Hide a Column

You can hide a column by moving the cursor to the left until the next dividing line is reached. In the Column Width dialog, a Column Width value of zero (0) hides the column.

Display Hidden Columns

To display hidden columns, press and hold the left mouse button at the right edge of the hidden column and move the cursor to the right to widen the column.

See Also

Row Height

Format Cells

Displaying Hidden Columns or Rows

Hiding Columns or Rows

Selecting a Column or Row Dividing Line