Excel Keyboard Shortcuts


With this list gives you a glance of (nearly) all shortcut combinations in Excel.

Please take this tips. I’m sure you’ll find many of them useful.

Shortcut key Action Menu equivalent comments version
Ctrl+A Select All None All
Ctrl+B Bold Format, Cells, Font, Font Style, Bold All
Ctrl+C Copy Edit, Copy All
Ctrl+D Fill Down Edit, Fill, Down All
Ctrl+F Find Edit, Find All
Ctrl+G Goto Edit, Goto All
Ctrl+H Replace Edit, Replace All
Ctrl+I Italic Format, Cells, Font, Font Style, Italic All
Ctrl+K Insert Hyperlink Insert, Hyperlink Excel 97/2000 +
Ctrl+N New Workbook File, New All
Ctrl+O Open File, Open All
Ctrl+P Print File, Print All
Ctrl+R Fill Right Edit, Fill Right All
Ctrl+S Save File, Save All
Ctrl+U Underline Format, Cells, Font, Underline, Single All
Ctrl+V Paste Edit, Paste All
Ctrl W Close File, Close Excel 97/2000 +
Ctrl+X Cut Edit, Cut All
Ctrl+Y Repeat Edit, Repeat All
Ctrl+Z Undo Edit, Undo All
F1 Help Help, Contents and Index All
F2 Edit None All
F3 Paste Name Insert, Name, Paste All
F4 Repeat last action Edit, Repeat. Works while not in Edit mode. All
F4 While typing a formula, switch between absolute/relative refs None All
F5 Goto Edit, Goto All
F6 Next Pane None All
F7 Spell check Tools, Spelling All
F8 Extend mode None All
F9 Recalculate all workbooks Tools, Options, Calculation, Calc Now All
F10 Activate Menubar N/A All
F11 New Chart Insert, Chart All
F12 Save As File, Save As All
Ctrl+: Insert Current Time None All
Ctrl+; Insert Current Date None All
Ctrl+” Copy Value from Cell Above Edit, Paste Special, Value All
Ctrl+’ Copy Formula from Cell Above Edit, Copy All
Shift Hold down shift for additional functions in Excel’s menu none Excel 97/2000 +
Shift+F1 What’s This? Help, What’s This? All
Shift+F2 Edit cell comment Insert, Edit Comments All
Shift+F3 Paste function into formula Insert, Function All
Shift+F4 Find Next Edit, Find, Find Next All
Shift+F5 Find Edit, Find, Find Next All
Shift+F6 Previous Pane None All
Shift+F8 Add to selection None All
Shift+F9 Calculate active worksheet Tools, Options, Calculation, Calc Sheet All
Ctrl+Alt+F9 Calculate all worksheets in all open workbooks, regardless of whether they have changed since the last calculation. None Excel 97/2000 +
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F9 Rechecks dependent formulas and then calculates all cells in all open workbooks, including cells not marked as needing to be calculated. None Excel 97/2000 +
Shift+F10 Display shortcut menu None All
Shift+F11 New worksheet Insert, Worksheet All
Shift+F12 Save File, Save All
Ctrl+F3 Define name Insert, Names, Define All
Ctrl+F4 Close File, Close All
Ctrl+F5 XL, Restore window size Restore All
Ctrl+F6 Next workbook window Window, … All
Shift+Ctrl+F6 Previous workbook window Window, … All
Ctrl+F7 Move window XL, Move All
Ctrl+F8 Resize window XL, Size All
Ctrl+F9 Minimize workbook XL, Minimize All
Ctrl+F10 Maximize or restore window XL, Maximize All
Ctrl+F11 Inset 4.0 Macro sheet None in Excel 97. In versions prior to 97 – Insert, Macro, 4.0 Macro All
Ctrl+F12 File Open File, Open All
Alt+F1 Insert Chart Insert, Chart… All
Alt+F2 Save As File, Save As All
Alt+F4 Exit File, Exit All
Alt+F8 Macro dialog box Tools, Macro, Macros in Excel 97 Tools,Macros – in earlier versions Excel 97/2000 +
Alt+F11 Visual Basic Editor Tools, Macro, Visual Basic Editor Excel 97/2000 +
Ctrl+Shift+F3 Create name by using names of row and column labels Insert, Name, Create All
Ctrl+Shift+F6 Previous Window Window, … All
Ctrl+Shift+F12 Print File, Print All
Alt+Shift+F1 New worksheet Insert, Worksheet All
Alt+Shift+F2 Save File, Save All
Alt+= AutoSum No direct equivalent All
Ctrl+` Toggle Value/Formula display Tools, Options, View, Formulas All
Ctrl+Shift+A Insert argument names into formula No direct equivalent All
Alt+Down arrow Display AutoComplete list None Excel 95
Alt+’ Format Style dialog box Format, Style All
Ctrl+Shift+~ General format Format, Cells, Number, Category, General All
Ctrl+Shift+! Comma format Format, Cells, Number, Category, Number All
Ctrl+Shift+@ Time format Format, Cells, Number, Category, Time All
Ctrl+Shift+# Date format Format, Cells, Number, Category, Date All
Ctrl+Shift+$ Currency format Format, Cells, Number, Category, Currency All
Ctrl+Shift+% Percent format Format, Cells, Number, Category, Percentage All
Ctrl+Shift+^ Exponential format Format, Cells, Number, Category, All
Ctrl+Shift+& Place outline border around selected cells Format, Cells, Border All
Ctrl+Shift+_ Remove outline border Format, Cells, Border All
Ctrl+Shift+* Select the current region around the active cell. In a PivotTable report, select the entire PivotTable report. Edit, Goto, Special, Current Region All
Ctrl++ Insert Insert, (Rows, Columns, or Cells) Depends on selection All
Ctrl+- Delete Delete, (Rows, Columns, or Cells) Depends on selection All
Ctrl+1 Format cells dialog box Format, Cells All
Ctrl+2 Bold Format, Cells, Font, Font Style, Bold All
Ctrl+3 Italic Format, Cells, Font, Font Style, Italic All
Ctrl+4 Underline Format, Cells, Font, Font Style, Underline All
Ctrl+5 Strikethrough Format, Cells, Font, Effects, Strikethrough All
Ctrl+6 Show/Hide objects Tools, Options, View, Objects, Show All/Hide All
Ctrl+7 Show/Hide Standard toolbar View, Toolbars, Stardard All
Ctrl+8 Toggle Outline symbols None All
Ctrl+9 Hide rows Format, Row, Hide All
Ctrl+0 Hide columns Format, Column, Hide All
Ctrl+Shift+( Unhide rows Format, Row, Unhide All
Ctrl+Shift+) Unhide columns Format, Column, Unhide All
Alt or F10 Activate the menu None All
Ctrl+Tab In toolbar: next toolbar
In a workbook: activate next workbook
None Excel 97/2000 +
Shift+Ctrl+Tab In toolbar: previous toolbar
In a workbook: activate previous workbook
None Excel 97/2000 +
Tab Next tool None Excel 97/2000 +
Shift+Tab Previous tool None Excel 97/2000 +
Enter Do the command None Excel 97/2000 +
Alt+Enter Start a new line in the same cell. None Excel 97/2000 +
Ctrl+Enter Fill the selected cell range with the current entry. None Excel 97/2000 +
Shift+Ctrl+F Font Drop Down List Format, Cells, Font All
Shift+Ctrl+F+F Font tab of Format Cell Dialog box Format, Cells, Font Before 97/2000
Shift+Ctrl+P Point size Drop Down List Format, Cells, Font All
Ctrl+Spacebar Select the entire column None Excel 97/2000 +
Shift+Spacebar Select the entire row None Excel 97/2000 +
CTRL+/ Select the array containing the active cell.
CTRL+SHIFT+O Select all cells that contain comments.
CTRL+\ In a selected row, select the cells that don’t match the formula or static value in the active cell.
CTRL+SHIFT+| In a selected column, select the cells that don’t match the formula or static value in the active cell.
CTRL+[ Select all cells directly referenced by formulas in the selection.
CTRL+SHIFT+{ Select all cells directly or indirectly referenced by formulas in the selection.
CTRL+] Select cells that contain formulas that directly reference the active cell.
CTRL+SHIFT+} Select cells that contain formulas that directly or indirectly reference the active cell.
ALT+; Select the visible cells in the current selection.
SHIFT+BACKSPACE With multiple cells selected, select only the active cell.
CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR Selects the entire worksheet.
If the worksheet contains data, CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR selects the current region. CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR a second time selects the entire worksheet.
When an object is selected, CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR selects all objects on a worksheet
Ctrl+Alt+L Reapply the filter and sort on the current range so that changes you’ve made are included Data, Reapply Excel 2007+
Ctrl+Alt+V Displays the Paste Special dialog box. Available only after you have cut or copied an object, text, or cell contents on a worksheet or in another program. Home, Paste, Paste Special… Excel 2007+

A special thanks goes out to Shane Devenshire who provided most of the shortcuts in this list!

Shortcuts for the Visual Basic Editor

Shortcut key Action Menu equivalent comments
F1 Help Help
F2 View Object Browser View, Object Browser
F3 Find Next
F4 Properies Window View, Properties Window
F5 Run Sub/Form or Run Macro Run, Run Macro
F6 Switch Split Windows
F7 View Code Window View, Code
F8 Step Into Debug, Step Into
F9 Toggle Breakpoint Debug, Toggle Breakpoint
F10 Activate Menu Bar
Shift+F2 View definition View, Definition
Shift+F3 Find Previous
Shift+F7 View Object View, Object
Shift+F8 Step Over Debug, Step Over
Shift+F9 Quick Watch Debug, Quick Watch
Shift+F10 Show Right Click Menu
Ctrl+F2 Focus To Object Box
Ctrl+F4 Close Window
Ctrl+F8 Run To Cursor Debug, Run To Cursor
Ctrl+F10 Activate Menu Bar
Alt+F4 Close VBE File, Close and Return to Microsoft Excel
Alt+F6 Switch Between Last 2 Windows
Alt+F11 Return To Application
Ctrl+Shift+F2 Go to last position View, Last Position
Ctrl+Shift+F8 Step Out Debug, Step Out
Ctrl+Shift+F9 Clear All Breakpoints Debug, Clear All Breakpoints
Insert Toggle Insert Mode
Delete Delete Edit, Clear
Home Move to beginning of line
End Move to end of line
Page Up Page Up
Page Down Page Down
Left Arrow Left
Right Arrow Right
Up Arrow Up
Down Arrow Down
Tab Indent Edit, Indent
Enter New Line
BackSpace Delete Prev Char
Shift+Insert Paste Edit, Paste
Shift+Home Select To Start Of Line
Shift+End Select To End Of Line
Shift+Page Up Select To Top Of Module
Shift+Page Down Select To End Of Module
Shift+Left Arrow Extend Selection Left 1 Char
Shift+Right Arrow Extend Selection Right 1 Char
Shift+Up Arrow Extend Selection Up
Shift+Down Arrow Extend Selection Down
Shift+Tab Outdent Edit, Outdent
Alt+Spacebar System Menu
Alt+Tab Cycle Applications
Alt+BackSpace Undo
Ctrl+A Select All Edit, Select All
Ctrl+C Copy Edit, Copy
Ctrl+E Export Module File, Export File
Ctrl+F Find Edit, Find…
Ctrl+G Immediate Window View, Immediate Window
Ctrl+H Replace Edit, Replace…
Ctrl+I Turn On Quick Info Edit, Quikc Info
Ctrl+J List Properties/Methods Edit, List Properties/Methods
Ctrl+L Show Call Stack
Ctrl+M Import File File, Import File
Ctrl+N New Line
Ctrl+P Print File, Print
Ctrl+R Project Explorer View, Project Explorer
Ctrl+S Save File, Save
Ctrl+T Show Available Components Insert, Components…
Ctrl+V Paste Edit, Paste
Ctrl+X Cut Edit, Cut
Ctrl+Y Cut Entire Line
Ctrl+Z Undo Edit, Undo
Ctrl+Insert Copy Edit, Copy
Ctrl+Delete Delete To End Of Word
Ctrl+Home Top Of Module
Ctrl+End End Of Module
Ctrl+Page Up Top Of Current Procedure
Ctrl+Page Down End Of Current Procedure
Ctrl+Left Arrow Move one word to left
Ctrl+Right Arrow Move one word to right
Ctrl+Up Arrow Previous Procedure
Ctrl+Down Arrow Next Procedure
Ctrl+Spacebar Complete Word Edit, Complete Word
Ctrl+Tab Cycle Windows
Ctrl+BackSpace Delete To Start Of Word
Ctrl+Shift+I Parameter Info Edit, Parameter Info
Ctrl+Shift+J List Constants Edit, List Constants

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