Display the Active Cell

April 27, 2013


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Scroll to display active cell

When you start working with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that have data filled in through the BA column you know how difficult it is to find the cell you have selected.  Thankfully MS Excel for Mac has provided a shortcut that scrolls to your active cell so you never get lost in the sea of data again. 

Step 1: The purpose of this shortcut is to be able to find your selected cell without having to search the spreadsheet manually.  Therefore a selected cell is required.  This is a tricky shortcut to explain but first we will select a cell, then we will scroll away from it.  Here we go:


I have selected 3B.  Now I am going to scroll so it is not on my screen:

3B is no longer visible so we need to execute the shortcut to scroll back to 3B.  The shortcut can be found on the “delete” key and is written in yellow as “Display Active Cell.”  The yellow text corresponds to only 1 modifier key, the “control” key.  Our shortcut is:


After executing this shortcut Microsoft Excel scrolls to my active cell. 

One thing to remember with this shortcut is you have to keep the initial active cell active, meaning you cannot click any other cells while scrolling through your spreadsheet.  If you do click a different cell, the active cell we had in the beginning is no longer active, and this shortcut will not scroll you back to it.  

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