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How To Indent Text Without Adding Extra Spaces

Many times you will find that when you have a column of text immediately to the right of a column of numbers they both look 'squat together.'

Many people insert spaces at the beginning of each of their text entries to provide some 'white space'. There are various reasons why this is not the best option, including the fact that it is very time consuming.

There is a much easier way easier way to achieve the same result without the various side-affects.

Here's what you do:

  1. Select the cells that contain the data you want indented;
  2. From the Format menu select Cells... ;
  3. Click on the Alignment tab and select Left (Indent) from the Horizontal dropdown list;
  4. On the Indent spinner box set the number of spaces you want to insert between the start of your text and the left edge of the the column;
  5. Click OK and you're done.
If you find that you use this procedure often you may want to customize your toolbar to include the Decrease Indent and Increase Indent buttons. That will allow you to accomplish the same result in fewer clicks.

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