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What Are Popular Keyboard Shortcuts for Selecting Cells and Ranges in Excel?

Excel provides several keyboard shortcuts for selecting cells and ranges. Here are some commonly used shortcuts:

1. Select a single cell:

  • Arrow keys: Use the arrow keys to move the active cell in the desired direction.

2. Select a range of cells:

  • Shift + Arrow keys: Press and hold the Shift key, then use the arrow keys to expand the selection in the desired direction.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keys: Press and hold the Ctrl and Shift keys together, then use the arrow keys to quickly select a range of cells in a specific direction (e.g., up, down, left, right).

3. Select the entire column or row:

  • Ctrl + Spacebar: Selects the entire column of the active cell.

  • Shift + Spacebar: Selects the entire row of the active cell.

4. Select the entire worksheet:

  • Ctrl + A: Selects the entire worksheet.

5. Select a range of cells using the mouse:

  • Click and drag: Click on a cell, hold down the mouse button, and drag to select a range of cells.

6. Select non-contiguous ranges:

  • Ctrl + Click: Hold down the Ctrl key and click on individual cells to select non-contiguous cells or ranges.

7. Select cells with specific characteristics:

  • Ctrl + Shift + * (asterisk): Selects the current region around the active cell. The current region is a range bounded by empty rows and columns.

  • Ctrl + Shift + 8: Selects the entire table when the active cell is within a table.

These are just a few examples of the many keyboard shortcuts available in Excel for selecting cells and ranges. Excel also provides numerous other shortcuts for formatting, editing, and navigating within a spreadsheet.

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