NOTE: You cannot split an unmerged cell. If you are looking for information about how to split the contents of an unmerged cell across multiple cells, see Distribute the contents of a cell into adjacent columns.
Merging combines two or more cells to create a new, larger cell. This is a great way to create a label that spans several columns. For example, here cells A1, B1, and C1 were merged to create the label “Monthly Sales” to describe the information in rows 2 through 7.
- Select two or more adjacent cells you want to merge.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the data you want to end up in the merged cell is in the upper-left cell. All data in the other merged cells will be deleted. To keep any data from the other cells, copy it to another spot in the worksheet before you merge.
- Click Home > Merge & Center.If Merge and Center is dimmed, make sure you’re not editing a cell and the cells you want to merge aren’t inside a table.
TIP: To merge cells without centering, click the arrow next to Merge & Center, and then click Merge Across or Merge Cells.
If you change your mind, you can always split the cells you merged.
Split merged cells
To unmerge cells immediately after merging them, press Ctrl +Z. Otherwise, click Merge and Center to split merged cells.
- Select the merged cell you want to unmerge.
TIP: Use the Find command to find all of the merged cells in your worksheet.
- Click Home > Merge and Center.
TIP: You can also click the arrow next to Merge and Center, and then click Unmerge Cells.
Whatever is in the merged cell moves to the upper-left cell when the merged cell separates.