What if you wanted to merge some cells in Microsoft Excel? You may want to combine names of people or places into one cell. Whatever the reason, there’s a couple of ways you can do that. One method is quicker but is mainly for eliminating other cell names. The other truly merges two cells together. Let’s take a look at how to merge cells in Microsoft Excel.

Merge cell method 1: Merge and Center Tool

Here’s the simple, but not too useful, way to merge cells in Excel. As you can see we have lists of names of characters from three Star Trek shows.

1. First, select which cells you want to merge.

2.Then, go into the main Home tab and select the Merge & Center tool

3. Click on the Merge & Center option in that menu. You will be given a warning that states, “Merging cells only keeps the upper-left cell value, and discards the other values.”

4. If you are OK, with that, click on the “OK” in the warning and your three cells will merge together with that upper left-cell value label, in this case “Star Trek”.

Merge cell method 2: Use Excel formulas

If you want to truly merge two or more cells together but keep the data in those cells, things get a bit more complicated. You will have to use an Excel formula.

1. Here’s an example. I want to merge “James” and “Kirk” into that one blank cell.

2. In that blank cell, B2, I put in this formula:


A2 and C2 are, of course, the cells where the two names are located.

3. When that formula is selected, the two cells with those names merge into one cell. You can use that same formula for three or more cells as well.

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