How to Underline in Google Sheets – Easy 2023 Guide

Sometimes, simple formatting techniques can make your data a lot more easy to read and consume.

While there are many types of formatting options available (such as coloring the cell or the text, making the text bold or italics, changing the font style or size), one that is often used is underlining the text in Google Sheets.

You can underline the entire cell or can choose to underline a part of the text in a cell.

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

So let’s get started!

How to Underline in Google Sheets with the Formatting Menu

If you want to underline the entire text in a cell, you can do that using the below steps:

  1. Select the cell that you want to underline (or a range of cells)
  2. Click the Format option in the menuClick the Format option in the menu
  3. Click on the ‘Underline’ optionClick on the Underline option

The above steps would automatically underline the entire text in the cell (or the range of cells) that you have selected.

Remove the Underline Format Text

If you want to remove an underline in Google Sheets, either repeat the same steps, or use the keyboard shortcuts Control + Z or Control + U. You could also clear the formatting.

Using a Keyboard Shortcut to Underline a Cell

The keyboard shortcut to underline in Google Sheets is Control + U (hold the Control key and press the U key), or Command + U if using a Mac

Underline Specific Text in a Cell

If you don’t want to underline the whole cell but only a part of the text, you can do that as well.

Suppose you have the text “Hello World” in a cell and you only want to underline the word “Hello”

Below are the steps to do this:

  1. Select the cell that has the text that you want to underline
  2. Double-click on the cell (or press F2) to get into the edit mode
  3. Select the text that you want to underline in the cell
  4. Click the Format option and then click on Underline (or use the keyboard shortcut Control + U)

The above steps would underline the selected text in the cell.

Add a Bottom Border to a Cell or Range of Cells as an Underline

In some cases, you may not want to underline the text but the entire cell.

This is often the case when presenting the sum of a column (or any other such calculation) and show some difference between the data and the cell that has the calculation.

Below are the steps to underline a single cell

  1. Select the cell that you want to underline (in case you select a range of cells, only the bottom ones would be underlined)
  2. Click the borders icon in the toolbarClick on the border icon
  3. Click on the bottom border optionClick on the bottom border option

This would give a bottom border to the cell, which looks as if you have underlined the cell. You can follow the same steps as a method of how to get rid of an underline in Google Sheets.

How to Double Underline in Google Sheets

In case you want a double-underline, you can click on the ‘Border style’ option and then click on the double border option.

Double underline

If you want to select a range of cells in a column and give all the cells a bottom-border, choose the ‘Horizontal border’ option in the Border options in the toolbar.

Underline a range of cells

Pro tip: In case you want to underline those cells that contain a specific text, you can do that using conditional formatting.

How to Add Underline Format With the iOS or Android Mobile App

You can underline in the Google Sheets mobile app in three steps:

  1. Highlight the text you wish to underline
  2. Tap the Text formatting shortcut
    Text formatting shortcut
  3. Tap the Google Sheet underline icon
    The underline button

How to Underline Text in Google Sheets FAQ

Where Is Underline in Google Sheets? / How Do You Underline in Google Sheets?

You can underline in Google Sheet by:

  • Navigating to Format > Text
  • Using the Google Sheet Underline text keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + U
  • Clicking the shortcut in the toolbar

How Do You Bold Underline in Google Sheets?

Instead of using the underline text format, you can add a bottom line to the cell and make it thicker in the options.

How Do You Underline an Entire Cell?

Double click the cell, then select all the text in the cell and apply underline formatting. Or you can add a bottom border to the cell instead.

Where to Next?

So these are some ways you can use to underline text in a cell or the cell itself.

I hope you found this tutorial useful!

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Sumit is a Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel Expert. He provides spreadsheet training to corporates and has been awarded the prestigious Excel MVP award by Microsoft for his contributions in sharing his Excel knowledge and helping people.

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