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How to put indent to a spreadsheet cell

I struggle with this for so long and maybe I could give enlightenment for other people who could not find a work around for this simple feature that we are requesting from google. Please see below how to make a spaces inside a cell.


5 = number of space you want to have before the work TESTING
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Hi Jersmatrix,

Thank you for the contribution!

I believe that non-breaking space characters can also be entered through  space on a Mac, and most likely through some Alt+space key on a Windows box. Copy and paste from a text editor that can produce non-breaking spaces should work as well.

Cheers --Hyde

Scott Rhys Jones
Scott Rhys Jones
Thansk for theinfo but....we shouldn't have to have a work around!
Well, they're probably short on development funding?

That's not even worth an lol. This is beyond ridiculous. Has spreadsheets changed any in the last 2-3 years? I left Drive because of things like this and it appears nothing has changed.

Oddly we can indent in this tool??? 

Google user
Google user

I had the same issue and was using Google Spreadsheets to create a MS Project type of file with tasks appearing on each line and having groups of tasks indented to visually show grouping.  The best workaround I could come up with was to write my own Google script to automate this.

To do this open up the spreadsheet and select menu item "Tools" --> "Script Editor"
Once the script editor opens copy and paste the following code into the "Code.gs" window:

var ss = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();

function indentText() {
var values = ss.getActiveRange().getValues();
var newValues = new Array();
for (i = 0; i < values.length; i++) {
if (values[i][0] != '') {
.push(['=CONCAT(REPT( CHAR( 160 ), 5),"' + values[i][0] + '")']);
} else {

function onOpen() {
var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
var entries = [{
: "Indent Text",
: "indentText"
.addMenu("Indent Text", entries);

Go to menu "File" --> "Save"
Return to your spreadsheet and reload the browser.  You should now see a new menu item called "Indent Text" to the right of the "Help" menu.

What this code does is add a menu to the spreadsheet document called "Indent Text". 
Within this menu it will create a menu item called "Indent Text".
When the "indent Text" menu item is selected any cells within a single column selection will be indented by 5 spaces.

You can increase or decrease the number of spaces the text is indented by changing the line below so that the "5" is changed to a larger or smaller number (depending on your preference)

      newValues.push(['=CONCAT(REPT( CHAR( 160 ), 5),"' + values[i][0] + '")']);

This code will work on multiple cells so you can select an entire column and indent in bulk.  If anyone finds any bugs let me know.

Hope people find this useful (at least as a workaround until Google adds the feature, touch wood).



Google user
Google user
Love it! But it only saves to the one spreadsheet and doesn't appear in new sheets. Am I missing something?
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