Wrapping Text to coincide with a main worksheet

Copper Contributor

Hi, I need an excel document to automatically wrap text in several tabs within the same workbook when the primary sheet is populated, is this possible?

I'm sure it has worked before but seems to have stopped after updating some costs last week.

The document is used for Estimating purposes in the construction sector. Many thanks David 

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It's possible to set up automatic text wrapping in multiple tabs within the same workbook in Excel. Here's how you can achieve this:

  1. Select the cells where text wrapping is needed: In each of the tabs where you want text wrapping to occur, select the cells or columns where text wrapping should be applied.
  2. Apply text wrapping: After selecting the cells, go to the "Home" tab on the Excel ribbon. In the "Alignment" group, you'll find the "Wrap Text" button. Click on it to apply text wrapping to the selected cells.
  3. Set up dynamic linking: To ensure that text wrapping happens automatically when the primary sheet is populated, you can use formulas or functions to link the text from the primary sheet to the other tabs. For example, you can use formulas like ='Primary Sheet'!A1 to link cell A1 from the primary sheet to another tab. Ensure that the cells in the other tabs are wide enough to accommodate the wrapped text.
  4. Verify settings: Double-check that the settings for text wrapping haven't been inadvertently changed after the update you mentioned. Ensure that the "Wrap Text" option is still enabled for the relevant cells.
  5. Test the functionality: Populate the primary sheet with some text and observe whether text wrapping occurs automatically in the other tabs.

If you're still encountering issues with text wrapping after following these steps, there might be specific settings or configurations that need adjustment. Feel free to provide more details, and I can assist you further. Additionally, if you have any specific questions or concerns about the update that may have affected the functionality, let me know, and I'll do my best to address them. The text was created with the help of AI.


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morning Nikolino, thanks for getting back to me.

I have tried this many times on various workbook templates without any success. 

All cells within each tab I need to Wrap are formulated to the primary sheet. I have also made sure the cell width is the same in each tab. The font, letter size and alignment are also the same in each tab. 

What Wrap text settings would I need to check?

The update I did was very basic and is done annually when our labour cost increases.  


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