How to ☝️Start a New Line in a Cell (a Line Break) in Google Sheets

To start a new line in a cell (a line break) in Google Sheets, select the cell with your text and press the Alt + Enter key combination at the same time. 

In this article, you will learn how to add a line break in several ways. Let’s guide you through each method, and you can choose the one that suits you the best!

How to Manually Add a Line Break

The easiest way to add a line break is to use hotkeys. All you need to do is select the cell you wish to edit, put the cursor where you want the break, and press both the Alt and Enter keys simultaneously.

The step-by-step instructions below will demonstrate the process in detail.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time Estimate: 3 seconds

  1. Double-click on the cell with your text.
  2. Put the cursor where you want the line break.

How to Manually Add a Line Break

  1. Use the Alt + Enter key combination for PC or Ctrl + Opt + Return for Mac.

How to Manually Add a Line Break in Google Sheets

Easy as ABC! Your text has now been broken into two lines.

How to Add a Line Break Using a Formula

As an alternative, you can use the following method instead which incorporates the use of a formula to insert a line break.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time Estimate: 5 seconds

  1. Select the cell where you need the line break.
  2. Go to the Formula bar and enter the formula =”Google”&CHAR(10)&”Sheets”. Google and Sheets are our text and CHAR(10) is the Unicode representing a line break. 

How to Add a Line Break Using a Formula

  1. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

Line Break Using a Formula

Voila! Here is the result.

How to Replace a Character with a Line Break in Google Sheets

If you want to replace a particular character (such as a space) in a line of text with a line break, simply follow these steps:

Difficulty: Beginner

Time Estimate: 7 seconds

  1. Click on a blank cell.
  2. Go to the Formula bar and type the formula =SUBSTITUTE(A1,” “, CHAR(10)), where A1 is the cell reference with the text, and CHAR(10) is the Unicode you need to add a line break. 

How to Replace a Character with a Line Break in Google Sheets

  1. Press Enter to get the result.

The SUBSTITUTE Function

Piece of cake! With this formula, every space is turned into a line break.

How to Add a Line Break in Google Sheets on Mobile Devices

On a mobile device, you will not be able to break a line by any of the methods listed above. The only way to add line breaks is to use text in multiple cells. Check out the step-by-step explanation below to see how it works.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time Estimate: 7 seconds

  1. Select a blank cell.
  2. Navigate to the Formula bar and type the formula =A1&CHAR(10)&A2&CHAR(10)&A3. Here A1, A2, and A3 are the cells with the text, and CHAR(10) is the Unicode for the line breaks. 
  3. Click on the check mark to confirm the action. 

How to Add a Line Break in Google Sheets on Mobile Devices

That’s all it takes. The text in the original cells is now combined into one cell using line breaks.

Line Break in Google Sheets on Mobile Devices

How to Remove Line Breaks in Google Sheets

If you need to remove line breaks from your text, simply follow the steps below.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time Estimate: 5 seconds

  1. Click on a blank cell.
  2. Go to the Formula bar and use the formula =CLEAN(A1), where A1 is the cell with text.
    How to Remove Line Breaks in Google Sheets
  3. Press the Enter key to gain the desired result.

Remove Line Breaks in Google Sheets

Super easy! The line breaks have now been removed.

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Daniel Smith is automation consultant with a passion for technology, data, AI, and machine learning. Daniel loves to learn about new technologies and how they can be applied to solve complex problems. He is also a big fan of productivity hacks and enjoys finding ways to automate tasks to make organizations more efficient.