In case anyone else had as much trouble figuring this out as I did… if you want to break up a cell in the Mac edition of Microsoft Excel into multiple lines, you need to hold down the Option and Command keys while pressing Return. This is a little different than the Windows edition of Excel, where you hold down Alt while pressing Return. Anyway, it seems to work well, and now I can get nicely-formatted text into my Excel documents!

Thank you so much for this post. I couldn’t find this particular information in Excel help and I was going crazy!

Thank youuuuuu. The only thing more infuriating than Office is Office Help. It seems every answer I get is from somewhere outside the Office support “universe”.

Thanks a billion !!

Soo helpful. I was unable to find the answer in the Mac Excel help. This is great, Bless You.

it works nicely….BIG thanks….

You are my best friend in the whole world, this has been driving me insane.

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I echo the above! I was going crazy. You da Man!!!!

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Worked like a charm. Thanks for taking the time to post – it saved me plenty.

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THANKS SO MUCH for this answer!!

I was going crazy over this – thanks so much for posting – much appreciated!!!

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It’s really useful.

Thanks ever so much. I’ve been trying to puzzle out the analogous keyboard commands for Mac for way too long (seriously, it’s somewhat embarrassing)!

Thank you for not only figuring this out but also sharing it with the rest of us!

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Cheers man,

You’ve just saved me hours of trying key combinations!

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Perfect! Just the information I needed right when I needed it – thanks for posting!

Cheers

Paul

Thank you very much for taking your time posting this. It really worked well, I could;t figure it out by myself

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Thanks, this saved me a lot of time!

Nice one!

thank you

it’s now 2012 and this post is still very helpful! thank you so much for this post. been trying to figure out how to do it on Excel for Mac.

cheers!

Like many other posts… I am so thankful for your post. I spent a lot of time unsuccessfully searching for how to enter multiple lines on one cell in Excel on Mac. I finally did a Google search and your post came up. Great help! Big Thanks!

Another thank you from me.

Why do Macs always need to Think DIfferent?

A life saver!

Thanks!

thaaaaaank you!! I am a recent convert to the mac. This is so helpful!

Thank you so much this was extremely helpful!

Adding to the years of thanks. Definitely a helpful hint. Congrats on being the top Google response on variations of the seach ‘ newline in cell excel mac ‘

Hi Todd.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Honestly.

I found your post on April 15, 2012. Imagine that your post is still helping people 2 years, 2 months ad 10 days after you posted it!

Kudos, Mr K. You single-handedly provided better support for Excel:Mac product than Microsoft. To their shame.

I owe you one; if I can return the favor, drop me a note.

Scott

You are a star I echo all the comments that went before you have just saved me from hours of frustrated Microsoft bewilderment 🙂

Thank you VERY much, Todd ! This tip saved me a lot of time. Like the other commenters, I found the Mac Excel Help not that helpful.

Thanks for the tip. This has been frustrating me for so long, and like a miracale you have provided the help.

A very simple but heartfelt “me too!” to all the above posts of thanks. I thought I’d tried every key combination possible – clearly not!

Thank you VERY much! I think as more people move to a MAC, this tip will continue to help others. Like others mentioned above, a profound thanks!

Hello,

For some reason this isn’t working for me. option+command+enter is bringing up a quick play window for iTunes. Anyone know how to disable that so I can use that keystroke for excel?

Thanks,

John

i am getting the same thing… i tried opt + cmmd + return and it only worked once, then i tried it in another cell and some windows program pops up – very frustrating. now it won’t work at all.

i finally found the solution: try opt + return. it works – yah!

Thankyou! Nice, short clear advice that worked first time!

Excellent. Thank You!

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superb! works like super 😀

Google leads me to your site … searched with “mac excel line feed in zelle” and Bingo! you had the right advice. Thanks from Germany, Erich

This is helpful for me, Thank you so much.

great … thanks very much

I must have a try,thank you

It has worked，thank you

Thanks!

Thank you thank you. I’m still having trouble making the jump from PC Word to Mac Word and this really helped. Look at all the comments over 2 years! See, we all achieve immortality in different ways through little acts of guidance and assistance.

Thank you for sharing.

Thanks, This tip will save this teacher tons of “spacebar” time when typing weekly lesson plans!!!! Like most I found the answer NOWHERE in Help.

Thx took me a while to figure it out

Fantastic. Its amazing how many people were looking for this. THANK YOU!!

thanks for taking the time to post – your reply has withstood the test of time!

thanks!! I was struggling with this myself!

Dude! Thanks for this tip!

Thank you so much! I hope you feel good about all the people you’ve helped.

Thanks a ton. have been struggling with this for a while . Standard short cut keys ( ALT + Enter) does not work in Excel for Mac

Thanks a million – this makes my day!

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Thank you! I too am very grateful for your post!

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You are a god. I’ve wanted to know this for several years.

Finally! THANK YOU!

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Thank you so much this was really useful in times of frustration! 🙂

thanks, was driving me nuts

Thank you very much…

You can see by the steady stream of “thank you” replies (more than 18 months now) that this is much needed and hard-to-find tip.

Just for a moment, consider how much time it took to offer this advice and then the resultant positive impact on so many people (imagine the countless many that have benefited but did not write their thanks). This might seem to overstate this.. but how many individuals were out there tearing their hair out as a deadline was bearing down on them only to have this stupid little frustration get in their way.

Well done, and again, thank you.

It is such a pain that Excel in Mac is so different from Windows. I find the Mac version very awkward.

Ditto what everyone above has said!!

Excellent info.. You sir are awesome.

thank you thank you thank you thank you!

Thank you, works wonders : )

Thank you

This has been doing my head in for ages … thank you!

Thanks for posting your answer.

Really helpful. Thanks a lot!

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This article saved me throwing my Mac at the wall. Thanks !

Thank you too.

Thank you.. this really helped !!

LIFESAVER!!!! UGH!

That was frustrating… thank you 🙂

This was deeply frustrating. Thank you so much!

fantastic , so easy once you know it 😉 .THANK YOU !

Thanks! I tried all the usual suspects, but not the pair of them 😉

Thanks Heaps – like everyone else I was pulling my hair out.

LOVE YOU

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You are a saint! Thank you!!

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Brilliant – I was being driven mad by this. Thanks so much for putting this here. You have saved thousands of people a lot of frustration. Cheers.

Thanks man!

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Thank you so much.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! I’m a new Mac user and a die hard Excel user. I’m loving the MAC and slowly but surely adapting to the new Excel key strokes and shortcuts. Really love being able to google a question and find a site where someone was considerate enough to post the solution. THANKS!

Thanks!

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THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Thanks dude!

Thank you soooo much ! This has been driving me crazy 🙂

Adding my thanks!

Thank you sooo much! simple and easy =)

I was looking for this tip – thanks for your help…!

Love seeing how many people this has helped, even years after you initially posted. Thanks Todd!

Life saver – I just pushed every button possible and still got nothing. Your site helped heaps. Thanks

Small step for a man’s finger, great leap for Mackind

This is how altruism looks like!

Wow, so simple. I would’ve never figured this out… thank you!

It works

thanks

Great, had us baffled!

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Another advantage that the Mac has is that you can increase your productivity when working on multiple programs because it is a lot faster and easier.

Thank you! Mac “Help” is so, well, unhelpful 🙁

Thank You™!!! how do I +1 this on google+ or like it on Fbook/?

Thank you….soooooo much! Would have taken me hours to work that out as excel help is useless!!

thank you so much for this!!!

Thanks! It’s amazing the little things you seem to loose when converting to a Mac

super duper THANK YOU!

The perfect solution to save an intense headache!! Thank you so much

Thanks!! Recently changed to MAC and not enjoying the frustration of all the different keystrokes!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

This is going to be shared at our next team knowledge exchange…..no matter what other guys come up with this tip will definitely make me the star!! 😛 Thanks for sharing

Thank you!!

I have been looking all over for this!!!!

WOW! I see alot of people are having this problem, not just me…. drove me nuts for a month until i had the idea to search up the solution lol

anyways, thanks!!!

THANK YOU!

New to Mac…

Couldn’t find this anywhere!

THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH for posting this tip!!!! It was so frustrating trying to figure out something that seems so simple as skipping to the next line within a cell. I think it was an inside joke by Microsoft played at the expense of Mac users. Darn Microsoft! Well. . . I still love my Mac!

Spent 15 minutes trying to figure it out hitting all kinds of combinations, googled and found you.

THANK YOU.

Son of a gun! Thanks for this post. You’ve obviously done me and many others in the world much good with this post. 🙂

Awesome. I tried every key combo or at least I thought I did. THANK YOU.

Thank you so much dude!!!!!

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Here it is 4 years since the original post and this is still uber useful!

thanks!!

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Thanks a ton!

just wonder how many people suffered from this!

Thanks!

Thanks, man!

Another appreciative mac user. Thanks!

Thanks, your post still lives and is still very useful!

I agree with the previous commenter of 2014… 5 years later, your post is still life saver! Mac can be annoying and “Help” being so useless. Thank you, thank YOU!

Thank you very much !!! For ever this post would be helpful if mac still chose with this awkward combination of keys

This post really help me. Thank you!

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I was going crazy not knowing how to do this so-very-often required feature of adding new lines to an excel cell on Mac.

You are a life saver Todd 🙂

thank you!! mac version of excel help is the worst!! i thought my alt key was broken!!

Thank you sooooooo much!

I too couldn’t find it in the Excel Help, so thank you for sharing your knowledge. I tried other variants of ‘function’ keys – except option +command + return.

…. maybe Microsoft should include it in their general help for Mac users?

THANK YOU!!!

Thanks! I couldn’t figure this out either.

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Thanks for this information, as did many others before me, I searched Microsoft help and could not find this information, even though I do it all the time on a Windows OS.

What a relief! Thanks so much for posting

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I really appreciate this tip. Works great!

Oh man… I’ve been struggling with this for a long time.

Thank you!

🙁 didn’t work for me

Great tip and not easy to find in excel help for the Mac.

Wow! 3 years later and your post is still relevant. THANKS!!

GOD BLESS YOU!!!

THANK YOU !

Todd you saved me

BIG LOVE

Amazing. So helpful, thank you!

Tx’s a lot.

Have been searching quite some time to figure this one out.

Much appreciated.

thanks… it worked.. 🙂

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Thank you!

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Yaay! A thank you …from six years on! Carol

Thanks!

Thank you for allowing to keep my hair on!

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Phew!!!!

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MAY GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

Very helpful. thanks!