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Text wrapping problem in Excel

Posted on 2012-03-21
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I have 5 merged cells in an Excel worksheet.  Formatted as Text, Merged Cells, Wrap Text.  I only have a couple of hundred characters typed into the merged cells (I didn't count the characters but it's only about 3 sentences worth.)  If I type anything beyond that, the characters all change to pound signs. I tried manually adjusting the row height and that doesn't correct the problem. Anyone ever encounter this before?  Any fix?
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Question by:dbfromnewjersey
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by:l33tf0b
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you need to select shrink to fit first.  Deselect all, select shrink to fit, then select the other options as well.
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You can only display 1,024 characters in a cell in Excel.  How may do you have?
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Shrink to fit does not work either. Had already tried that. Like I said, there are only a couple of hundred characters.  Just a little longer than what I just typed.
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Format the cell as General, not as Text.
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In Excel 2003, you get the pound signs with 256 characters when you format as Text. You can display 1024 plus a variable number additional if you format as General, as rorya suggested. The cell may contain up to 32,767 characters.
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OK. Thank you.
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