Merge multiple Excel cells into one

Merge Cells is an add-in for Microsoft Excel that combines multiple text cells. Use it to join values from several cells to one and merge several cells, rows, or columns keeping all data.

Before you start

Back up your worksheet

We care about your data and suggest you always create backup copies of your files. A special option of the wizard will do that for you if you select it.

Merge several areas at once

The add-in brings together all areas in the selection, including non-adjacent ones.

Start Merge Cells

Run the add-in by clicking on its icon in the Merge group on the Ablebits Data tab:
Merge Cells icon on the Ablebits Data tab.

How to combine Excel cells, columns, and rows

The add-in's window lets you adjust the following options:
Fine-tune the options to merge data as needed.

  1. One click on the Expand selection icon highlights the entire table automatically.
  2. Click the Select range icon and you will get a dialogue box that allows you to pick the necessary cells:
    A dialogue window for you to choose the range to merge.
  3. Choose how to merge your cells:
    • Columns into one. Bring data from the cells in each row into one cell:
      Combine columns row by row.
    • Rows into one. Combine rows in each column into one cell:
      Merge several rows column by column.
    • Cells into one. Merge all selected cells into one cell:
      Bring the data from all cells into a single cell.
  4. Separate values with offers a set of standard delimiters to use between the merged values:
    • Semicolon (;)
    • Comma (,)
    • Period (.)
    • Space ()
    • Line break ()
    Tip. You can enter any combination of characters into the field or leave it blank to stitch the values together. The separators you enter manually are saved in the drop-down list for the next time you use the add-in.
  5. Choose destination cells for the resulting values in the drop-down Place the results to list:
    • Left column or right column if you merge columns.
    • Top row or bottom row when you combine rows.
    • Top-left cell, top-right cell, bottom-left cell, or bottom-right cell for when you bring all cells into one.
  6. Use 4 additional options to adapt the results to your table:
    • Check the Clear the contents of the selected cells checkbox to delete the source values after merging them:
      Clear the contents of the selected cells.
    • If you want to combine the selected cells, and not only their values, choose to Merge all areas in the selection:
      Merge all areas in the selection.
    • Avoid getting extra separators when merging values by checking off Skip empty cells.
    • Select the Wrap text option to make the joined values visible in your worksheet.
  7. We recommend choosing to Create a backup copy of the worksheet to get a copy of your current table as is.

Click the Merge button to combine values from the selected columns in Excel.


June 15, 2018 at 2:05 pm



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richard kathawa says:
October 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

hi, I am trying to merge row 2 into row 1. there are other columns in this row that I don't want affected by the merger. Also, is it possible to do this in bulk?

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Hi, Richard,
Thank you for using the Merge Cells tool.
If I understood your question correctly, the solution could be to select the columns you want to merge using the Ctrl key and to omit (not select) the columns you do not want to be merged. Please let me know if this helped!
Thank you.

Joseph Madzelan says:
December 7, 2018 at 1:13 pm

Where is the backup copy stored? I can't find it.


Hi, Joseph,
Thank you for contacting us.
If you tick the Backup this worksheet option, the tool will create a backup sheet in the same workbook where you merge cells. The backup sheet will have the same name as your sheet, but with the # sign at the beginning and the number of the backup copy at the end. E.g. if your sheet is named Sheet1, its backup name will be #Sheet1 (2).

Thank you.

Michael Marcus says:
February 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm


Today we purchased your product. We want to merge four columnbs into one. However, We we try it says " This operation cannot be applied to the selected range". It only allows us to do 3 or 4 column merges at a time. We have 20,000 plus rows. Please advise.


Thank you for choosing our product. I am sorry about the problems you experience with it.
Please contact us at and attach a screenshot of the add-in window when you use it (for us to see the options you check), a screenshot of the error message, and, if possible, the Excel books you use. We will try to reproduce the issue and search for the ways to fix it asap.


How to merge cells without a space or character in between?


Hello Tammie,
Thank you for the comment.
To merge the values without any characters between them, simply leave the Separate values with filed empty. Use the Delete button on your keyboard to remove the symbols the tool offers and click the Merge button on the add-in pane.

Please feel free to contact us again with any other issues.

Ashok Verma says:
April 3, 2019 at 6:52 am

Please tell me the Shortcut key of Merge Cells

urgent please

Ashok Verma


Hello Ashok Verma,
Thank you for contacting us. I'm afraid Merge Cells does not have a shortcut key. However, you can add the utility to your Quick Access Toolbar by following these instructions.
Thank you.


If I am trying to merge two cells together, but I would like to keep the formatting of both the original cells how would I do that?

For instance A1 is normal font, A2 is Bold, and I would like them to stay this way when I combine them together.


Hello Declan,
Thank you for your comment.

I'm sorry, but our add-in doesn't preserve the formatting of the merged cells.


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