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8 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Excel

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We can always use a few shortcuts to save time. Here are eight useful keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work in Excel.

1. Add border to cells

PC: Alt+H, B

Mac: COMMAND+Option+0

If you want to add an outline (outer) border around your selected cells, just use this quick shortcut.

2. Insert table

PC: Ctrl+T 


Use this shortcut to quickly insert a table. You will be asked where the data is for your table, and then your table will automatically be created.

3. Select entire row

PC: Shift+Space

Mac: ⇧+Space 

Selecting an entire row can be a great timesaver. Use this shortcut to select a single entire row. Bonus: Hold down Shift and the up/down arrows to select multiple rows.

4. Select entire column

PC: Ctrl+Space

Mac: ⌃+Space 

Likewise, selecting entire columns can be a great timesaver too. Bonus: Hold down Shift and the left/right arrows to select multiple columns.

5. Hide rows

PC: Ctrl+9


Sometimes it can be useful to hide rows in your worksheet. If you don’t want certain sensitive data to be visible, you can hide them (hidden rows and columns do not print).

6. Hide columns

PC: Ctrl+0

Mac: ⌃+

7. Copy formula from the cell above

PC: Ctrl+

Mac: ⌃+‘ 

Copying the formula from the cell above is a great way to make an exact copy of a formula. Cell references will remain unchanged.

8. Copy value from the cell above

PC: Ctrl+Shift+

Mac: ⌃+⇧+” 

If you don’t want to copy the formula from the cell above and you just want the value, you can use this useful shortcut.


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