Apply auto-fit property to multiple columns simultaneously

If you're fairly new to Excel, here's an oldie that you'll appreciate--how to adjust the width of multiple columns at once!

Does the mess in the following figure look familiar to you? I just imagine it does! That's what happens when values are longer than the column can accommodate. The solution is simple—widen the column(s).

You probably know that you can double-click the right border of a column's header cell to automatically adjust the width of a column. Specifically, Excel will increase the column width to accommodate the largest entry in the column—with just a double-click! What you might not know is that you can adjust the width of multiple columns at the same time by selecting a block of columns first. Here's how:

  1. Select the columns in question—columns A through E using the example sheet above. (Just drag across the column headers to select multiple columns.)
  2. Hover the mouse pointer over the right-border of any of the selected columns until the double-headed arrow appears..
  3. Double-click a column header border.

This is one of those simple tips that I assume everyone knows until I see someone doing it the hard way. What other oldie but goody tip do you assume everyone knows? Share those with us--you might be surprised how many readers aren't familiar with your tried and true favorite!