Column Width

You can change the column width of selected cells by clicking the Data | Format | Column Width command or by using the mouse to resize the column. 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.


The 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 | 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
choosing Data | Format | Column
, 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

Hiding Columns or Rows

Displaying Hidden Columns or Rows

Selecting a Column or Row Dividing Line