How To Underline In Google Sheets

Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to underline in Google Sheets.

When you’re working in Google Sheets, you may find you need to call attention to specific text, either to provide emphasis or to designate that text as a section header or label. Fortunately, Google Sheets has a lot of text styling options, similar to the text editors you may be familiar with. One such text styling option in Google Sheets is underlines, which are quick and easy to add to a cell or a portion of text within a cell.

Read on to learn how.

Underline all Text in a Cell

The quickest way to underline text is to apply the underline formatting to an entire cell

Here’s how:

Step 1

Select the cell or cells containing the text you want to underline

Step 2

Open the Format menu and choose the Underline option

Step 3

All text in the selected cell or cells will be underlined

Underline Specific Text

You may find you want to underline only certain portions of the text within a cell. Fortunately, Google Sheets makes this easy too

Here’s how:

Step 1

Double click on the cell you want to underline text in to enter edit mode

Step 2

Select the text you want to underline. For a single word, you can double click the word to select it. For other selections, click and drag to select the text

Step 3

Use the Underline keyboard shortcut to apply an underline to the selection. The shortcut is Ctrl + U on Windows and Cmd + U on Mac

Step 4

The underline will immediately appear. If you want to add underlines to more portions of the text, you can repeat Steps 2-3 as many times as you want while still editing the cell

Step 5

Hit enter when you’re done to save the changes


Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to underline in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.