How to Combine Cells into One with Line Break in Excel: 5 Methods

Method 1 – Using the Ampersand Operator and CHAR Function

Assuming that you want to get combined information by merging two or more cells. The following example, I am going to find the Combined Information (E5:E9 cell range) covering the information of the previous 3 fields (the Name, States, and Email ID of each employee).

Using the Ampersand Operator and CHAR function

You may extract the output from the different cell ranges by using the ampersand symbol (&) and CHAR function. Insert the following formula in the E5 cell.


B5 is the starting cell of the Employee Name, C5 is the starting cell of the States, and D5 is the starting cell of the Email ID.

In the above formula, the CHAR function checks the character on the basis of a given number or code. The ASCII code for inserting a line break is 10, so we must use CHAR(10) to embed a line break between the combined cells.

Using the Ampersand Operator and CHAR function

Press ENTER and drag down the plus sign located at the lower-right corner of the E5 cell (Fill Handle Tool). Immediately, you’ll get the output (E5:E9 cell range).

The three cells are combined but you cannot see the output with line break until you turn on the Wrap Text option from the Alignment ribbon in the Home tab. Before doing make sure that you select the output.

Using the Ampersand Operator and CHAR function

After adjusting the row height, you’ll get the following output, in which the cells are combined, keeping with the line break.

Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Using the Ampersand Operator and CHAR function

Method 2 – Using the CONCATENATE Function to Combine Cells into One

Accomplish the same task using the CONCATENATE function, which combines multiple strings to a single string. The adjusted formula associated with the CHAR function will be-


Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Using CONATENATE Function

The ENTER key, use the Fill Handle Tool. The output will look like the following.

Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Using CONATENATE Function


Method 3 – Utilizing the CONCAT Function

You may unify multiple cells into one keeping the line break utilizing the CONCAT. Microsoft recommends the function instead of using the CONCATENATE function. The combined formula for E5 cell will be-


Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Applying the CONCAT Function

Method 4 – Combine Cells Applying the TEXTJOIN Function with Line Break

If you’re using Microsoft 365 version (any upper versions including Excel 2019), you may apply the TEXTJOIN function. The function joins multiple strings including a delimiter character. Whatever the formula for today’s dataset will be like the following.


B5:D5 is the cell range covering three cells to combine into one. We used TRUE to exclude any empty cells, but if you want to count empty cells, input FALSE.

Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Applying the TEXTJOIN Function


Method 5 – Combine Cells into One with Line Break Using the VBA Code

Step 01:

Open a module by clicking Developer > Visual Basic.

How to Insert VBA Code

Go to Insert > Module.

How to Insert VBA Code

Step 02:

Copy the following code.

Sub CombiningCells_VBA()
Range("E5").Value = Range("B5").Value & vbNewLine & Range("C5").Value & vbNewLine & Range("D5").Value
Range("E6").Value = Range("B6").Value & vbNewLine & Range("C6").Value & vbNewLine & Range("D6").Value
Range("E7").Value = Range("B7").Value & vbNewLine & Range("C7").Value & vbNewLine & Range("D7").Value
Range("E8").Value = Range("B8").Value & vbNewLine & Range("C8").Value & vbNewLine & Range("D8").Value
Range("E9").Value = Range("B9").Value & vbNewLine & Range("C9").Value & vbNewLine & Range("D9").Value
End Sub

Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Using the VBA Code

We specified the output cell as the E5 cell with the Range.Value property. The input cells (B5, C5 and D5) are defined. I utilized the Ampersand operator and vb New Line field to combine the multiple cells and keep the line break respectively. We applied the same procedure for the rest of the cells.

Step 03:

Run the code (the keyboard shortcut is F5 or Fn + F5), you’ll see the following output.

Excel Combine Cells into One with Line Break Using the VBA Code

Note: You may also use the vbCrLf and vbLf constants instead of using the vbNewLine.

Things to Remember

  • If you want to input an array or cell range, you should use the TEXTJOIN function. Because the CONCATENATE or CONCAT function deals with individual cells.
  • Furthermore, you might combine cells into one with a line break separated by a delimiter e.g. comma.

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  1. How can I use this formula, but not have the line breaks populate the result cell if the data cells are empty that I’m pulling from? ie – I have a large amount of data I’m drawing from, and my results cell becomes extremely tall with empty fields.

  2. Dear Gen,
    You can use the formula.
    Here, for E5 cell you can write.
    Here, the character “-” is used to separate the combined text.
    This TEXTJOIN function is available only in Office 2019 and Microsoft 365.
    The Excel TEXTJOIN function joins multiple values from a row, column or range of cells with specific delimiter.

    For other versions of Excel, you can write the formula in the E5 cell based on B5,C5 and D5 cells like.
    Finally, you need to set your column width to place the output in the cell perfectly and also need to wrap text.

    By using either of these two formulas you can ignore empty cells to combine cells into one.

    Excel & VBA Content Developer

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