You Can Never Have Enough Keyboard!

October 13, 2013

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As a daily Microsoft Excel user I make it a point to avoid using the mouse at all cost.  Not only does it slow you down but it often messes things up.  The mouse is a clumsy and ancient tool that is slowly going extinct.  What’s the cure? More keyboard!  

 

Today we will discuss the simplest of shortcut - how to edit a cell.  I know what you’re all thinking – just click on it.  Wrong!  Clicking on a cell and typing will delete anything already in the cell and overwrite it with your new inputs.  Well then why don’t we double-click it? Double-clicking will enable you to edit the data in the cell but it often places the cursor in random spots and is a precursor for mistakes.  

 

So what do we do? Use your keyboard of course  

 

Scroll to the cell you wish to edit with the arrow keys: 

Now that we have the cell we wish to edit active we can execute the shortcut to edit:

⌃U

 

This brings us into the active cell and places the cursor at the end of all the data.  From here we can scroll and make our modifications:

With one click of the Enter key the changes are saved in the active cell.  

And there you have it, another simple one modifier key shortcut that aids in the war against the mouse.  Once you start using the Edit Active Cell shortcut you’ll never double click another cell again.  



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