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.

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