Problems with merged cells

I have merged a fair few cells so that I can enter paragraphs, once I type 
past a certain point it wont bring up everything I have entered in the cell, 
it cuts half of it off & it wont print it either, but when i click on the 
cell all the information is there......can anyone help me out with this???
4/7/2010 12:11:01 AM
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Excel has limitations (see link below).  Cells will show up to 1024
characters, but up to 32,767 will appear in the formula bar.  Printing..
maybe it has a 1024 character limit too.  (Just because you're using
merged cells doesn't mean you get more characters - they're treated as
one cell once merged.)  If you divide the frustration caused by merged
cells by their actual usefulness, you'd pretty much get a #DIV/0!

Emma;692165 Wrote: 
I have merged a fair few cells so that I can enter paragraphs, once I
> past a certain point it wont bring up everything I have entered in the
> it cuts half of it off & it wont print it either, but when i click on
> cell all the information is there......can anyone help me out with


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4/7/2010 1:02:57 AM
Since limits on a lot of features are version-dependent it is always best if
you state which version of Excel you are using.

In Excel 2003 and earlier you can place 32767 characters in a cell.

However, only 1024 of these will be visible in the cell or can be printed.

Merging cells only gives you one large cell with the same limits as a
regular cell.

Add an Alt + Enter every 100 or so characters to increase this limit in

2007 version gives you same 32767 chars but more visible
characters........around 8000, I believe.

For large amounts of text you should be using a TextBox or Word.

Gord Dibben  MS Excel MVP

On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 17:11:01 -0700, Emma <>

>I have merged a fair few cells so that I can enter paragraphs, once I type 
>past a certain point it wont bring up everything I have entered in the cell, 
>it cuts half of it off & it wont print it either, but when i click on the 
>cell all the information is there......can anyone help me out with this???

4/7/2010 1:09:25 AM

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