06 Jul Excel Tips and Tricks
How to add bullet points to a field in Excel
Using Excel, have you tried to add a bullet point within a field to stack numbers, sentences or phrases? Adding a bullet point helps the reader to see each point clearly rather than viewing several run-on sentences or numbers. Here are a few easy steps to add bullets within a field in Excel.
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In this example we are going to use sentences. Here is a simple table where the user has included a ‘Comment’ field. See how the sentences within the comments field run together? We can clean up this look easily by adding bullets and/or placing each sentence (or number or phrase) to the next line.
Within the formula bar, place your cursor at the front of the sentence and select Alt plus the number 7 (Alt + 7) on your keypad. If you have a laptop without a keypad then you can either select numlock or select Fn Alt plus the number 7 (Fn+Alt+7) to insert the bullet.
Fn is the Function key typically in Blue color and used for the additional functions in blue on select keys.
To continue adding bullet points to the additional sentences, phrases or numbers simply place your cursor at the front of each sentence and again, select Alt plus 7 or Fn Alt plus 7 (for laptops without a keypad).
If you wish to see each sentence or phrase on a separate line then, in front of each bullet point, select Alt plus Enter. This will move the rest of the sentences to the next line.
How to quickly and easily combine text from multiple columns in Excel
You don’t have to create complicated formulas to combine text from multiple columns to a single column. In this Excel tip, we will show you how to quickly and easily combine your data from multiple columns into one column.
In the example below. We have five different columns of data and we need this data to be combined into one column. We use the “&” sign to achieve this.
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- First, put your cursor into the cell in which you want the combined value, in our example we used F5.
- Next, put your cursor into the Formula Bar and type the equals sign, “=”
- Then, select the first cell you want to include which is A5 for this example, then type an ampersand sign “&” into the formula.
- Then, select the second cell you want to include, in our example it is B5 and follow it with an ampersand sign “&” as well. Repeat this process for all the columns that you would like combined.
For this example, the formula is: =A5&B5&C5&D5&E5
- Then, select the ‘enter’ key and your combination will be visible.
- Finally, keeping the cell selected, you should see your formula and you can hover over the small dot on the bottom right of the cell. This is the Fill. Click and drag the dot downward so that the formula is copied to the remaining rows. Or, since the column prior includes values you could simply double-click on the dot and your formula will automatically fill in all the rows
If you would like spaces between text, you will need to use the Concatenate formula.
- To add space between words, simply add quotation marks around a space as well as comma separators. Don’t forget the comma separators!
Your formula will be: =CONCATENATE(A5,” “,B5,” “,C5,” “,D5,” “,E5,”)
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