In order to use all of the available shortcuts within Excel 2011 (or any other application), you must turn off a few default operating system shortcuts.
Go to: System Preferences
On the left side, there is a list that includes Launchpad & Dock, Mission Control (only in recent operating systems like Lion and Mountain Lion), Keyboard & Text Input, et cetera.
Select Mission Control. On the right you’ll see a list of check boxes. Uncheck any the Mission Control group, Show Desktop, Show Dashboard. If at any time you want to revert to the original settings, you can return to this menu and click “Restore Defaults.”
While you are in the Keyboard menu, check to make sure the Radio Button next to “All Controls” under Full Keyboard Access is selected. Proper use of this setting will help you reduce your use of the mouse.
To learn more about navigating from the keyboard, be sure to check out our upcoming post, You Gotta Have More Keyboard Baby.
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