Elbows on the table, please

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS

Q: How do you enter two labels into a single Excel cell, separated by a diagonal line? I’ve seen this done, and I want to add this to my table, but I can’t figure out how.

A: The solution you are referring to is called an elbow, and you can create one in Excel as follows:

1. Right-click on a cell and select Format Cells.

2. Select the Border tab.

3. Click the diagonal border tool as circled below, and click OK.

4. Type your first label (Month, for example) and press the Alt+Enter keys, then type your second label (Department, for example) and hit Enter. Your results should now appear as shown in cell A4 below to the left.

5. To complete the process, edit the text and insert spaces in front of the first text label (in this case “Month”) to position that label on the right side of the cell as shown in cell A4 above to the right.

More from the JofA:

 Find us on Facebook  |   Follow us on Twitter  |   View JofA videos

SPONSORED REPORT

How to make the most of a negotiation

Negotiators are made, not born. In this sponsored report, we cover strategies and tactics to help you head into 2017 ready to take on business deals, salary discussions and more.

VIDEO

Will the Affordable Care Act be repealed?

The results of the 2016 presidential election are likely to have a big impact on federal tax policy in the coming years. Eddie Adkins, CPA, a partner in the Washington National Tax Office at Grant Thornton, discusses what parts of the ACA might survive the repeal of most of the law.

QUIZ

News quiz: Scam email plagues tax professionals—again

Even as the IRS reported on success in reducing tax return identity theft in the 2016 season, the Service also warned tax professionals about yet another email phishing scam. See how much you know about recent news with this short quiz.