Keyboard Shortcuts in Excel

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to do things with your keyboard instead of your mouse to increase your speed.

Basic

Select cell B2.

Basic Example

1. To select the entire range, press CTRL + a (if you press CTRL + a one more time Excel selects the entire sheet).

CTRL + a

2. To copy the range, press CTRL + c (to cut a range, press CTRL + x).

3. Select cell A6 and press CTRL + v to paste this range.

CTRL + v

4. To undo this operation, press CTRL + z

Moving

Select cell B2.

Moving Example

1. To quickly move to the bottom of the range, hold down CTRL and press ↓

CTRL + down

2. To quickly move to the right of the range, hold down CTRL and press →

CTRL + right

Try it yourself. Hold down CTRL and press the arrow keys to move from edge to edge.

Selecting

Select cell A1.

Selecting Example

1. To select cells while moving down, hold down SHIFT and press ↓ a few times.

Shift + down

2. To select cells while moving to the right, hold down SHIFT and press → a few times.

Shift + right

Formulas

Select cell F2.

Formulas Example

1. To quickly insert the SUM function, press ATL + =, and press Enter.

Atl + =

2. Select cell F2, hold down SHIFT and press ↓ two times.

Shift + down

3. To fill a formula down, press CTRL + d (down).

CTRL + d

Note: in a similar way, you can fill a formula right by pressing CTRL + r (right).

Formatting

Select the range B2:F4.

Formatting Example

1. To launch the ‘Format cells’ dialog box, press CTRL + 1

2. Press TAB and press ↓ two times to select the Currency format.

3. Press TAB and press ↓ two times to set the number of decimal places to 0.

Format Cells dialog box

4. Press Enter.

Result:

CTRL + 1

5. To quickly bold a range, select the range and press CTRL + b