How to Top Align in Excel (4 Quick Methods)

To present the dataset to users in Microsoft Excel correctly, we must align the test within a text cell. In this article, we are going to demonstrate 4 quick methods to top align a cell in Excel. If you are also curious about it, download our practice workbook and follow us.


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How Many Alignments Are Available in Excel

Microsoft Excel separates its alignment section into two areas. Sections for Vertical and Horizontal alignment. Each portion has three more alignment possibilities. Align Left, Align Center, and Align Right are all found in the Horizontal section. On the other hand, the Top Align, Middle Align, and Bottom Align commands are all contained in the Vertical Alignment section. With the help of these text alignment systems, we can style the Excel cells and give our spreadsheet a nice appearance.

Different types of built-in Excel alignments


4 Useful Ways to Top Align a Cell Value in Excel

To demonstrate the approaches, we consider a dataset of 5 employees of an organization. Their name is in column B and the salary for the months of January and February are in columns C and D, respectively. So, we can claim our dataset is in the range of cells B5:D9.

๐Ÿ“š Note:

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1. Applying Keyboard Shortcut

In this approach, we are going to apply the keyboard shortcut to top align a cell in Excel. We will convert the middle alignment into the top alignment. The steps of this process are given below:

๐Ÿ“Œ Steps:

  • First of all, select the range of cells B5:D9.

  • After that, press the โ€œAlt+H+A+Tโ€ key on your keyboard.
  • You will notice the alignment will change from the middle to the top.

Applying Keyboard Shortcut to Top Align a Cell

Thus, we can say that our procedure works perfectly, and we are able to top align a cell in Excel.

Read More: How to Align Columns in Excel (4 Easy Methods)


2. Using Top Align Command from Alignment Group

In this method, we will use the Top Align command to top align a cell in Excel. We will modify the middle alignment into the top alignment. The steps of this process are given as follows:

๐Ÿ“Œ Steps:

  • First, select the range of cells B5:D9.
  • in the Home tab, click on the Top Align command from the Alignment group.

Using Top Align Command from Alignment Group to Top Align a Cell

  • You will see the alignment will change from the middle to the top.

Final Result of Using Top Align Command from Alignment Group

Hence, we can say that our process works effectively, and we are able to top align a cell in Excel.

Read More: How to Bottom Align in Excel (4 Easy Ways)


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3. Modify Alignment from Context Menu

In this process, we are going to top align a cell from the Context Menu of Excel. We will modify the middle alignment into the top alignment. The steps of this process are shown as follows:

๐Ÿ“Œ Steps:

  • First, select the range of cells B5:D9.
  • After that, right-click on your mouse and click on the Format Cells option from the Context Menu.

Launching Format Cells dialog box from the Context Menu

  • As a result, a small dialog box called Format Cells will appear.
  • Now, in the Alignment tab, change the option of the Vertical section Center to Top.
  • Finally, click OK.

  • You will figure out that the alignment will transform from the middle to the top.

Modify Alignment from Context Menu to Top Align a Cell

Therefore, we can say that our approach works precisely, and we are able to top align a cell in Excel.

Read More: How to Align Numbers in Excel (7 Simple Methods)


4. Change Alignment from Format Cells Dialog Box

In the last method, we will top align a cell using the Format Cells dialog box in Excel. We are going to change the middle alignment into the top alignment. The steps of this process are explained below:

๐Ÿ“Œ Steps:

  • Firstly, select the range of cells B5:D9.
  • Now, click on the Format Cells dialog box launcher from the Alignment group.

Launching Format Cells dialog box launcher

  • As a result, a small dialog box called Format Cells will appear.
  • After that, in the Alignment tab, change the option of the Vertical section Center to Top.
  • At last, click OK.

  • You will notice that the alignment will convert from the middle to the top.

Change Alignment from Format Cells Dialog box to Top Align a Cell

Finally, we can say that our method works successfully, and we are able to top align a cell in Excel.

Read More: How to Apply Center Horizontal Alignment in Excel (3 Quick Tricks)


How to Undo an Alignment in Excel

Now, we are going to demonstrate how to undo alignment formatting in Excel. We want to get the middle alignment for our dataset. The procedure of undoing a specific alignment is given below step-by-step:

๐Ÿ“Œ Steps:

  • First of all, select the range of cells B5:D9.
  • In the Home tab, click on the Undo command from the Undo group.

Undo alignment using the Undo command

  • Besides that, you can press โ€˜Ctrl+Zโ€™ to get the previous alignment.
  • Moreover, you can directly choose any alignment option from the Alignment group. To show the procedure, we selected the Middle Align command.

Choosing desire text alignment

  • You will notice the alignment of the cell will change.

So, we can say that our method works properly, and we are able to undo an alignment in Excel.


Conclusion

Thatโ€™s the end of this article. I hope that this article will be helpful for you and you will be able to top align a cell in Excel. Please share any further queries or recommendations with us in the comments section below if you have any further questions or recommendations.

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Soumik Dutta

Soumik Dutta

Hi! I am Soumik. I have completed my Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. I have found my calling in Machine Learning and Data Science, and in pursuing so, I have realized the importance of Data Analysis. Excel is one excellent tool to fulfill the purpose. I am always trying to learn every day about different features of Excel and trying to share here what I am learning.

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