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How to increase indent in Excel

Discover how to increase indent in Excel and shortcut keys for indentation. Learn how to remove indent quickly to style your spreadsheets in a timely manner.

Increase indent in Excel to format your text the way you want when alignment options are not suitable.

Learn how to add and remove indent in Excel with shortcut keys and discover how to use custom indentation.

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In MS Excel, an indent corresponds to the space left at the beginning of a cell.

To increase indent in a cell, in Excel, you can use shortcut keys, click the Increase Indent button or add custom indentation with Format Cell.

In Microsoft Excel (or Word), increase indent by pressing Option+Control+Tab on your keyboard.

You think the shortcut is too complicated? Customise it!
Check this tutorial to learn how to customise shortcuts in Excel.

You can find the Increase Indent button in the Home tab: Increase Indent is represented by a blue arrow pointing right between lines.

Add custom indentation in Excel by selecting the cell you want to indent and pressing Command+1. The Format Cell window opens: enter a number and press Enter (or click OK).

Remove indent in Excel using shortcut keys or clicking the Decrease Indent button.

The shortcut to decrease indentation on Mac is Option+Control+Shift+Tab.

We recommend customise it with a quicker one. If you don’t know how to customise shortcuts in Excel, check this tutorial.

Find the Decrease Indent button in the Home tab: Decrease Indent is represented by a blue arrow pointing left between lines.

Now, you know how to increase indent in Excel, decrease it and use custom indentation! You also discovered the shortcut keys for indent.

If you haven’t done it yet, we recommend you to read this tutorial to learn how to customise shortcuts in Excel. This handy tool will save you so much time!

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