In a Microsoft Project table, long text strings do not
always wrap to multiple lines. Text wrapping in a table field depends on the
type of field, the text entered, the row height, and the column width.
Microsoft Project will only wrap text in table fields if
the following conditions exist:
- The row height is set to a number greater than 1.
- The column width is too narrow to display all the text on
- The column is Left aligned. (This does not apply to
Microsoft Project 2002, Microsoft Office Project 2003, or Microsoft Office Project 2007.)
- The text includes spaces between words.
Note This last condition is especially important. Microsoft Project
attempts to wrap text by breaking a line at a space between text characters. If
your text string consists of a single line of characters with no embedded
spaces, it will not wrap to a second line even if one is available.
Microsoft Project automatically removes spaces before and after
the list separator character in fields such as Resource Names and Resource
Initials; removing this space prevents the text from wrapping. For instance, if
you enter "Bob , Ken" in the Resource Names field, Project will change the
entry to read "Bob,Ken" by removing the spaces before and after the comma. If
you want text in these or in other fields that contain lists of values (such as
Predecessors or Successors), you can change the List Separator value to a space
To change the List Separator value, follow the
appropriate procedure for your version of Microsoft Project.
Microsoft Project Versions 4.1, 98, and later for Windows
For Windows 2000 and earlier versions, change the list-separator character under International settings in the Windows Control Panel. For Windows XP and later versions, change the list-separator character under Regional and Language Options in the Windows Control Panel. Note
This change will affect all Windows applications.
For more information about how to perform this task in
Windows, see your Windows printed documentation or online Help.
Microsoft Project Version 4.0 for the Macintosh
- In Microsoft Project, click Options on the Tools menu.
- In the Options dialog box, click the Edit tab.
- To enter a space as the list separator, select the contents
of the List Separator box, and press the SPACEBAR.
Microsoft Project Version 3.x or Earlier
- On the Options menu, click Preferences.
- Scroll to the "List Separator" option, and change this
value to a space character.
When you make this change, the Resource Names field the above
example displays "Bob Ken," and allows Microsoft Project to wrap the text.
Article ID: 70089 - Last Review: September 18, 2011 - Revision: 8.0
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