How to apply Wrap Text in Excel

22 Dec 20225 minutes to read

When a text is too long for the width of a cell, the lengthy text will spill over into the cell right to it, if it is an empty cell. But, if the cell right to is occupied, only a portion of the lengthy text appears. Wrapping text is a key feature, which wraps text in Excel and allows fitting a long text in a single cell.

The following code shows the comparison of some lengthy text in a cell with and without wrapping using Interop and XlsIO for .NET.

Interop

private void WrapText()
{
  //Instantiate the application object
  var excelApp = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application();

  //Add a workbook
  Workbook workbook = excelApp.Workbooks.Add(System.Reflection.Missing.Value);

  //Get the first sheet
  Worksheet sheet = workbook.Sheets["Sheet1"];

  //Place some text in cell A1 without wrapping
  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range cellA1 = sheet.Cells.get_Range("A1");
  cellA1.Value = "Sample Text Unwrapped";

  //Place some text in cell A2 with wrapping
  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range cellA2 = sheet.Cells.get_Range("A2");
  cellA2.Value = "Sample Text Wrapped";
  cellA2.WrapText = true;

  //Save the Excel file
  workbook.SaveCopyAs("InteropOutput_WrapText.xlsx");

  //Quit the application
  excelApp.Quit();
}
Private Sub WrapText()
  'Instantiate the application object
  Dim excelApp = New Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application()

  'Add a workbook
  Dim workbook As Workbook = excelApp.Workbooks.Add(System.Reflection.Missing.Value)

  'Get the first sheet
  Dim sheet As Worksheet = workbook.Sheets("Sheet1")

  'Place some text in cell A1 without wrapping
  Dim cellA1 As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range = sheet.Cells.Range("A1")
  cellA1.Value = "Sample Text Unwrapped"

  'Place some text in cell A2 with wrapping
  Dim cellA2 As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range = sheet.Cells.Range("A2")
  cellA2.Value = "Sample Text Wrapped"
  cellA2.WrapText = True

  'Save the Excel file
  workbook.SaveCopyAs("InteropOutput_WrapText.xlsx")

  'Quit the application
  excelApp.Quit()
End Sub

XlsIO

private void WrapText()
{
  using (ExcelEngine excelEngine = new ExcelEngine())
  {
    //Instantiate the application object
    IApplication application = excelEngine.Excel;

    //Create a workbook
    IWorkbook workbook = application.Workbooks.Create(1);

    //Get the first sheet
    IWorksheet worksheet = workbook.Worksheets[0];

    //Place some text in cell A1 without wrapping
    IRange cellA1 = worksheet.Range["A1"];
    cellA1.Value = "Sample Text Unwrapped";

    //Place some text in cell A2 with wrapping
    IRange cellA2 = worksheet.Range["A2"];
    cellA2.Value = "Sample Text Wrapped";
    cellA2.WrapText = true;

    //Save the workbook
    workbook.SaveAs("XlsIOOutput_WrapText.xlsx");
  }
}
Private Sub WrapText()
  Using excelEngine As ExcelEngine = New ExcelEngine()
    'Instantiate the application object
    Dim application As IApplication = excelEngine.Excel

    'Create a workbook
    Dim workbook As IWorkbook = application.Workbooks.Create(1)

    'Get the first sheet
    Dim worksheet As IWorksheet = workbook.Worksheets(0)

    'Place some text in cell A1 without wrapping
    Dim cellA1 As IRange = worksheet.Range("A1")
    cellA1.Value = "Sample Text Unwrapped"

    'Place some text in cell A2 with wrapping
    Dim cellA2 As IRange = worksheet.Range("A2")
    cellA2.Value = "Sample Text Wrapped"
    cellA2.WrapText = True

    'Save as Excel file
    workbook.SaveAs("XlsIOOutput_WrapText.xlsx")
  End Using
End Sub