Shortcuts in Excel

You can save a lot of time if you learn a few keyboard shortcuts in Excel. Don’t try to learn all in one day, then you’ll forget them just as fast. I think the best way to learn them all would be to bookmark this page and come back here a couple of times a week.
1. Common shortcuts
Many shortcuts in Excel are the same as in other Microsoft programs:
Copy Ctrl+C
Cut Ctrl+X
Paste Ctrl+V
Bold Ctrl+B
Italic Ctrl+I
Underline Ctrl+U
Find Ctrl+F
Replace Ctrl+H
Go to Ctrl+G
Insert hyperlink Ctrl+K
Close window Ctrl+W
Undo Ctrl+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y
Close application Alt+F4
2. Excel specific shortcuts
When you work with Microsoft Excel, you can save even more time if you learn som Excel specific shortcuts. IMPORTANT: It is impossible to learn these shortcuts unless you actually try them out and practice!
Switch to edit mode in a cell F2
Lock a cell reference (A1 => $A$1) F4
Navigate in the worksheet Ctrl + Arrow key moves to the edge of the current data region in the worksheet.
Expand selection Shift + Arrow key
Combine the two Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key to expand selection fast!
3. Advanced shortcuts
If you press the Alt key, small letters will appear next to each headline on the ribbon, e.g. the letter H for the Home ribbon. Try to press Alt, release it and press N, and the Insert menu will be displayed. Type C for Column chart and finally Enter. When you have done this a few dozen times you don’t have to think about it anymore – your fingers will do the thinking for you!
Create a column chart Alt => N => C
Paste special Alt => E => S
Paste values only Alt => E => S => V
Data validation Alt => D => L
Merge cells Select cells to merge with Shift + Arrow key and type Alt => H => M => M
Change font Alt => H => F => F
Change font size Alt => H => F => S
Change font colour Alt => H => F => C
Center text Alt => H => AC
There are many more, and it’s easy to figure them out by yourself. Just press the Alt key and look at the letters next to each menu. Type the letter to get to the next level.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s