Broken formulas

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Q: In Excel, I use the CONCATENATE function to combine customer address information, but I would like the formula to display the results on separate lines in the same cell instead of just one line. Is there a way to accomplish this?

A: You can achieve the result you want by inserting the phrase CHAR(10) in your formula to add line breaks, and then apply the text wrapping alignment format. In the example below, the formulas in cells H2 and H3 are identical, except in cell H3 I have inserted the phrase CHAR(10) (underlined in red) before and after the street address reference, which forces the results in cell H3 to display on three lines instead of one.

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J. Carlton Collins
(carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

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