23 Excel Shortcuts You NEED To Know

Mastering Excel can significantly enhance your productivity and efficiency, especially when you know the right shortcuts!

In this post, you’ll learn 23 essential Excel shortcuts that can help you navigate, manipulate, and manage your data more effectively.

These shortcuts will not only save you time but also make your workflow smoother and more efficient. Whether you’re adjusting column widths, creating tables, or hiding and unhiding rows and columns, these tips will get you working smarter:

  • Data Selection and Navigation: Use Ctrl + A to select the entire dataset, Ctrl + Space for a column, and Shift + Space for a row. Navigate to the top-left corner with Ctrl + Home, bottom-right with Ctrl + End, and jump to edges using Ctrl + Arrow keys. Add Shift to these combos to select data while navigating.

  • Adjusting Column and Row Sizes: Automatically adjust column widths by selecting the table with Ctrl + A and pressing Alt + H + O + I. Adjust row heights using Alt + H + O + A.

  • Table Management: Add filters with Ctrl + Shift + L, create a functional table with Ctrl + T, insert a row with Ctrl + Shift + “+”, and delete a row with Ctrl + “-“. Move rows by holding Shift and dragging.

  • Hiding and Unhiding Columns/Rows: Hide a column with Ctrl + 0 and a row with Ctrl + 9. Reveal hidden columns/rows using Alt + ; (semicolon) and double-clicking on the indicators.

  • Powerful Shortcuts: Remove duplicates with Alt + A + M, auto sum with Alt + “=”, and use Ctrl + E to auto-fill patterns such as first/last names or emails based on initial entries.

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