Typically the rows and columns in your Google Sheets spreadsheet will automatically adjust to accommodate the data contained within them.
But your spreadsheet needs may not be met by the automatic resizing, and you might need to learn how to manually change your row height in Google Sheets.
The default row height in Google Sheets is ideal for data that is in the default font size, and only takes up one row in the cell. But if you have found that the current row size is either too big or too small, then you might decide that you need to adjust the size of the row to make it look better.
Fortunately you can change the row height in Google Sheets to make it accommodate your data needs. Our tutorial below will show you how to select a row and enter a new row height value for it.
How to Increase or Decrease Row Height in Google Sheets
- Open your Sheets file.
- Select the row number to resize.
- Right-click on the select row number, then choose Resize row.
- Enter the desired row height.
- Click the OK button.
Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for each of these steps.
How to Make a Row Bigger or Smaller in Google Sheets (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers as well. Once you have completed this guide you will have adjusted the height of a row in your Google Sheets spreadsheet to a new size that you specify.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive account and open the Sheets file containing the row that you wish to resize.
Step 2: Click the row number of the row that you wish to make bigger or smaller.
The row number is the gray rectangle at the left side of the spreadsheet. You can select multiple row numbers at once by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and clicking each row number that you want to resize.
Step 3: Right-click the selected row number, then choose the Resize row option.
If you have selected multiple rows, then this option will say Resize selected rows instead.
Step 4: Select the Specify row height option, delete the current value, then enter the new row height. Once you are done, click the OK button.
Note that the default row height is 21 so, for example, if you wanted to make the row twice as tall as it is now, you would enter 42.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I change the row height in Google Docs?
Click and hold on the bottom border of the row, then drag it to the desired height. Note that the mouse cursor will switch to a horizontal line with an arrow above and below it when the cursor is in the correct location
How do I change the row height for multiple rows in Google Sheets?
Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click each row number to change. Right-click a selected row and choose the “Resize rows” option. Click the “Specify row height” button, enter the height for those rows, then click OK.
How do I change the row height in an Excel spreadsheet?
Right-click on the row number, then choose the “Row height” option. Enter the desired row height, then click OK.
How do you swap rows in Google Sheets?
Click and hold on the row number at the left side of the spreadsheet for the row that you want to move, then drag the row to the desired location.
You can use a similar method if you want to change the column width in your spreadsheet instead.
It can take some trial and error before you are able to get the desired row height or column width correct. The “pixel” value is tough to work with. However, I have found it to be helpful to use percentages of the current point value to get my sizing right. For example, if the current row height is 21 and I want it to be twice as large, then I would set it to 42. This is helpful for creating a baseline that will eventually get the row height correct.
Does your Google Sheets spreadsheet have a lot of rows that you don’t need, but you want to delete them more quickly than one at a time? Find out how to delete multiple rows at once in Google Sheets and quickly get rid of all of your unwanted rows.
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