Don't Waste Time - Use Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts are an absolute necessity for an Excel user in order to achieve optimal efficiency.

For those differently-abled in relation to mobility and vision, these tools provide an essential alternative to using a mouse or the touchscreen to navigate through Excel.

Many of the people who are very familiar with MS Excel do not make full use of the Keyboard Shortcuts. Using them speeds up work, reduces the usage of the mouse, saves enormous time and with little practice will prove to be an investment yielding lifelong benefits.

The shortcuts referred to in this article are for the English US, India and UK keyboards. Keys may or may not correspond exactly to the other keyboards. Combinations of two or more keys form most of the shortcuts, while some of them like function keys can work in stand-alone mode.

The way by which the different shortcut keys are to be pressed is important for the functioning of these keys. In some cases, they need to be pressed together, while in others they will have to be pressed simultaneously.

Commands that require you to simultaneously press and release multiple keys together are indicated with a plus sign (+). Those commands which require sequential press and release will be indicated with a comma (,) as a separator.

The shortcut keys differ between Windows and Mac keyboards. Our notes deal with the keys for Windows keyboards only and should be functional in most of them. To read our piece on one of the shortcuts please click here. 



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