Merged Cells in Microsoft Excel

Merging cells in Microsoft Excel can cause problems. If you're developing a serious spreadsheet, don't use this feature.

When you merge cells, you risk:

  • Losing the ability to properly sort data
  • Losing the ability to run VBA programming code on your data because it doesn't handle merged cells very well, and a significantly larger amount of code may need to be written to cover the merged cells
  • Losing the ability to easily copy from and paste elsewhere, or paste to your worksheet.

If you absolutely must merge cells, use Center Across Selection instead, available under the cell formatting dialog. debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

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