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How to Change Row Height in Google Sheets

Are your Google Sheets looking a little cramped? Do you find yourself scrolling endlessly to read your data or struggling to fit your content neatly into each cell? Well, you’re in luck, as we have found a solution that allows you to change row height in Google Sheets without sweating it.

Whether you’re a spreadsheet novice or a seasoned pro, this essential skill can make your life much easier when working with Google Sheets. 

In this article, we will take you through the step-by-step process of adjusting row heights so you can present your data in a more organized and visually appealing way.

By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to seamlessly change row height in Google Sheets, confidently making your spreadsheets look just the way you want them to. 

Let’s start by going over why you might want to change the row height in Google Sheets.

Why Change Row Height in Google Sheets?

Before we delve into the “how,” let’s explore the “why.” Understanding the reasons behind the need to change row height in Google Sheets will help you appreciate the significance of this skill.

Here are some common scenarios where adjusting row heights can be incredibly useful:

1. Text Overflow

Sometimes, your cell’s content may be too long to fit within its default height. In such a situation, changing the row height ensures that all your text is visible without having to resize the cell, preventing crucial information from being cut off.

2. Better Readability

Larger row heights can improve the readability of your spreadsheet. When you have long paragraphs or multiple lines of text in a single cell, increasing the row height makes it easier for users to absorb the information without straining their eyes.

3. Visual Organization

Adjusting row heights can help you create a more visually appealing spreadsheet. By ensuring uniformity in the presentation of your data, you can make your spreadsheet look clean, structured, and professional.

4. Highlighting Important Data

Do you want to draw attention to specific rows or emphasize particular information? Changing the row height makes specific rows stand out, helping you focus on critical data points.

5. Customization and Aesthetics:

Customization is key when it comes to Google Sheets. Adjusting row heights lets you tailor your spreadsheet to your specific needs and preferences, giving you full control over the look and feel of your document.

6. Fitting Images or Graphics:

If you’re incorporating images, logos, or charts into your spreadsheet, resizing rows can help you accommodate these visual elements seamlessly, creating a more polished and professional document.

Now that you understand the various scenarios where changing row height can be beneficial, let’s move on to the practical steps of making these adjustments in Google Sheets.

Copy Example Sheet

You might want to follow this tutorial to learn how to change row height in Google Sheets. So feel free to copy our example sheet via the link below:

Click Here to Copy the sample sheet

If you already have your own data, feel free to replicate the instructions in this tutorial with your spreadsheet.

Example 1: Change Row Height In Google Sheets with a Mouse Click and Drag

Having discussed why you might need to change row height in Google Sheets, let’s jump right into how to do it, especially if you’re new to this.

In our first example, we’ll show you a simple method using your mouse. Imagine you have this sample data in your Google Sheet:

We’ll use this data to practice changing row heights. And guess what? You don’t need to be a tech expert to follow along, so let’s get started. 

Step 1: Place Your Cursor Below Rows

The first thing we want to do is place our cursor below the row or rows we want to change the height of. See the image below for better clarification.

Step 2: Click The Left Button On Your Mouse

Having placed your cursor in the said location, click and hold the left mouse button and drag it downward.

Feel free to leave the button once you have achieved the desired height for the row.

Check out the video below for more insight on the steps described above.

From the video above, you can see that we have been able to change the row height for row two by simply following the steps we detailed above. 

Example 2: Change Row Height For multiple cells in Google Sheets

In the previous example, we learned how to adjust the height of a single row in Google Sheets. Now, let’s explore how to do the same for multiple rows.

Is it even possible? Yes, indeed. In this section, we’ll guide you through the process step by step.

The good news is that the steps are similar to what we covered in the first example, with just a few minor differences. So, let’s dive in together and see how it’s done.

We will use the sample data in the previous example for this one.

Step 1: Highlight The Cells You Want To Adjust Their Sizes

Let’s start by choosing the rows for which we want to adjust their sizes. For this example, we will select rows 2 to 6.

Step 2: Place the Cursor on one of The Rows

After highlighting the rows whose height you want to increase, simply bring your cursor to the bottom edge of any of the selected rows in your spreadsheet. (If you did everything as we described, you should see the cursor change to a double-pointed arrow.)

Step 3: Hold The Left Mouse And Drag Down

To change the row height of the selected rows, we only need to hold the left mouse and drag down, just like we showed you in the first example. 

The video below provides more clarification on the step we just explained.

The video above shows how easy it is to change row heights for multiple rows in Google Sheets. 

Fit to Size Using Dialog Box

The first two examples we shared about changing row height in Google Sheets were quite simple.

But here’s the cool part: Google Sheets has a built-in feature that automatically adjusts your row height.

In this section, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of using this auto-fit row height feature in Google Sheets. The best part is that it’s just as easy as the steps we showed you in the previous examples. So, let’s get started, shall we?

We will use the sample data for the previous example to demonstrate how to use Google Sheets’s built-in functionality to change row height.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Step 1: Highlight Rows

First things first, let’s highlight the rows we would like to adjust their heights. For this example, we will highlight rows 2 to 6. 

Step 2: Right Click on Selected Rows

Now that we have selected the rows we want to adjust their heights, let’s get to the interesting aspect. Simply right-click anywhere on the selected rows. You’ll be presented with different options. Scroll all the way down and select the option for Resize rows 2 – 6. 

Step 3: Tweak Resize Settings

After selecting the option for “Resize rows 2-6,” Google Sheets will automatically launch a dialog box that provides you with some options to resize your rows.

From the options provided, select the option for Specify Row Height. When you select this option, you’ll have to provide the height by which you want the rows to be adjusted to. By default, you should see 21, but for the purpose of this guide, we will change that to 50.

Once we input 50 in the box provided, all we need to do is click OK.

Once you click OK, your Google Sheets rows should be updated to reflect your changes. Here is what ours looks like:

As you can see in the screenshot above, we’ve managed to adjust the row heights in our spreadsheet to show the data just the way we wanted.

From all that we’ve learned up to this point, you’ll probably agree that changing row heights in Google Sheets isn’t as tricky as it might have seemed initially. And the cool part is that there are several ways to do it, which we have shown you in today’s guide. 

Final Thoughts

In this beginner-friendly journey through Google Sheets, we’ve explored the art of changing row heights. We started with simple steps to adjust a single row, and then we took it a step further, showing you how to resize multiple rows effortlessly.

We also unveiled the handy auto-fit feature, which can make your rows look just right without any guesswork. 

In all of our examples, we added screenshots and short video illustrations to make the entire process seamless. 

Following the steps mentioned in today’s guide, you should be able to change row height in Google Sheets without sweating it. And the best part is that you don’t even have to be a spreadsheet guru, as the entire process is seamless. 

As you continue your spreadsheet adventures, remember that you have the power to make your data presentation shine with perfectly adjusted row heights. 

Don’t hesitate to explore and experiment – that’s the key to becoming a Google Sheets pro.

If you need more clarification about the steps detailed in today’s Google Sheets tutorial, feel free to comment on this post, and we will get back as soon as possible. 

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