Sometimes, you need to change the case of text in your spreadsheets. But don’t worry – you won’t have to retype anything. Let’s learn how to change case in Microsoft Excel.
How to Change Case in Excel
Excel offers multiple font case options: uppercase, lowercase, and proper. Let’s learn to use all three.
First, imagine you have a word written in lowercase: forecast. But instead, you want it to read FORECAST. There’s no reason to retype the word. Instead, simply click into an empty cell and type an = sign to begin a formula. Type UPPER(, then click into the cell containing the word forecast. Type ), and your formula will read:
Press Enter. The word FORECAST appears in the second cell. From here, you can cut and paste into the original cell to replace the lowercase version.
Changing uppercase to lowercase works similarly. In that instance, your formula is:
The last option is PROPER, which essentially adds capitalization. For instance, FORECAST or forecast would change to Forecast. This formula is:
How to Change Case of Multiple Words in Excel
Now, imagine that you have several cells that you want to change the case of. There’s no need to retype your formulas again, provided you want to make the same change for every cell in the column.
Consider a list of words like this. In cell D1, go ahead and input a formula. For practice, let’s use =UPPER(C1).
Hit Enter, and you’ll see the uppercase word appear in cell D1. Now, with cell D1 selected, hover over its lower right corner until you see a black + sign appear. Click and drag downward into the cells adjacent to the other words, and Excel will automatically correct them.
As you can see, it’s very easy to change the case of text in Microsoft Excel. Even better: you don’t have to retype a single word.