Microsoft Excel is a very powerful application for spreadsheet processing and a pretty old one, its first version emerged as early as in 1984. Each new version of Excel came with more and more new shortcuts and seeing the full list (over 200!) you may feel a bit intimidated.
Don't panic! 20 or 30 keyboard shortcuts will absolutely suffice for everyday work; while others are purposed for highly specific tasks such as writing VBA macros, outlining data, managing PivotTables, recalculating big workbooks, etc.
I've put together a list of the most frequent shortcuts below. Also, you can download top 30 Excel shortcuts as a pdf file.
If you want to re-arrange the shortcuts to your liking or extend the list, then download the original workbook.
Must-have Excel shortcuts no workbook can do without
I know, I know, these are basic shortcuts and most of you are comfortable with them. Still, let me write them down again for beginners.
Note for newbies: The plus sign "+" means the keys should be pressed simultaneously. The Ctrl and Alt keys are located on the bottom left and bottom right sides of most keyboards.
|Ctrl + N||Create a new workbook.|
|Ctrl + O||Open an existing workbook.|
|Ctrl + S||Save the active workbook.|
|F12||Save the active workbook under a new name, displays the Save as dialog box.|
|Ctrl + W||Close the active workbook.|
|Ctrl + C||Copy the contents of the selected cells to Clipboard.|
|Ctrl + X||Cut the contents of the selected cells to Clipboard.|
|Ctrl + V||Insert the contents of the Clipboard into the selected cell(s).|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo your last action. Panic button :)|
|Ctrl + P||Open the "Print" dialog.|
|Ctrl + 1||Open the "Format Cells" dialog.|
|Ctrl + T||"Convert selected cells to a table. You can also select any cell in a range of related data, and pressing Ctrl + T will make it a table.
Find more about Excel tables and their features.
Working with formulas
|Tab||Autocomplete the function name. Example: Enter = and start typing vl, press Tab and you will get =vlookup(|
|F4||Cycle through various combinations of formula reference types. Place the cursor within a cell and hit F4 to get the needed reference type: absolute, relative or mixed (relative column and absolute row, absolute column and relative row).|
|Ctrl + `||Toggle between displaying cell values and formulas.|
|Ctrl + '||Insert the formula of the above cell into the currently selected cell or the Formula Bar.|
Navigating and viewing data
|Ctrl + F1||Show / hide the Excel Ribbon. Hide the ribbon to view more than 4 rows of data.|
|Ctrl + Tab||Switch to the next open Excel workbook.|
|Ctrl + PgDown||Switch to the next worksheet. Press Ctrl + PgUp to switch to the previous sheet.|
|Ctrl + G||Open the "Go to" dialog. Pressing F5 displays the same dialog.|
|Ctrl + F||Display the "Find" dialog box.|
|Home||Return to the 1st cell of the current row in a worksheet.|
|Ctrl + Home||Move to the beginning of a worksheet (A1 cell).|
|Ctrl + End||Move to the last used cell of the current worksheet, i.e. the lowest row of the rightmost column.|
|F2||Edit the current cell.|
|Alt + Enter||In cell editing mode, enter a new line (carriage return) into a cell.|
|Ctrl + ;||Enter the current date. Press Ctrl + Shift + ; to enter the current time.|
|Ctrl + Enter||Fill the selected cells with the contents of the current cell.
Example: select several cells. Press and hold down Ctrl, click on any cell within selection and press F2 to edit it. Then hit Ctrl + Enter and the contents of the edited cell will be copied into all selected cells.
|Ctrl + D||Copy the contents and format of the first cell in the selected range into the cells below. If more than one column is selected, the contents of the topmost cell in each column will be copied downwards.|
|Ctrl + Shift + V||Open the "Paste Special" dialog when clipboard is not empty.|
|Ctrl + Y||Repeat (Redo) the last action, if possible.|
|Ctrl + A||Select the entire worksheet. If the cursor is currently placed within a table, press once to select the table, press one more time to select the whole worksheet.|
|Ctrl + Home then Ctrl + Shift + End||Select the entire range of your actual used data on the current worksheet.|
|Ctrl + Space||Select the entire column.|
|Shift + Space||Select the entire row.|
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In Excel 365, is there a shortcut or easy set of steps to achieve Ctrl + Home on MULTIPLE worksheets simultaneously?
Hi Team, I may have picked up an error in the instructions above.
Shouldn't the below read Ctrl + Alt + V instead of Shift?
Ctrl + Shift + V Open the "Paste Special" dialog when clipboard is not empty.
I want basic shortcuts
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Ctrl + Shift + V======= Open the "Paste Special" dialog when clipboard is not empty.(not performance)
sorry you are wright thank you.
Put Formula "RANDBETWEEN"
=Randbetween(100,200) now you will find numbers between 100 to 200 automatically.
Now select the area in which you want to paste it and use Ctrl+D and Ctrl+R.
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You may use these shortcuts.
ALT + A + G G (Group)
ALT + A + U + U (Ungroup)
Alt + A + R + A (Refresh All)
ALT + A + C + W (Unfilter All)
ALT + E + S + V (Paste as Value)
ALT + E + S + F (Paste as Formula)
ALT + O + H + U (Unhide Sheet)
ALT + O + H + H (Hide Sheet)
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what is the shortcut key of vertical lookuo or hlookup in m.s. excel
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The keyboard shortcut to format a cell's value as a percentage is: Ctrl+Shift+%
What combination keys turn the value in a cell into percentage?
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