In this article, we will learn How to use the keyboard multiple select entire row in Excel.
In Excel, selecting cells is a common practice in Excel. It helps you perform many tasks like addition, deletion and width adjustment on selected multiple rows and columns. While applying the formula on data in Excel, either we can manually input or use cell reference and keyboard shortcut. Keyboard Shortcut keys to select all rows and columns can provide an easier and quicker method for using Excel.
Shortcut method to select entire row/column in Excel
First select the cell / cells where you want to select the entire row or column and then choose either of the options mentioned below.
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have sample data and below is the method which will show you how to select the entire column or row using the excel keyboard.
Now Selecting Rows:
Select the cell, you wish to select.
Press Shift+ Space key to select the row on the selected cell (release the keys, if the row is selected).
If you wish to select the adjacent rows with the selected row, press Shift+ Up/down arrow key(s) to select the UP or DOWN to that row. You can go either way but can’t access both sides of it.
Selecting 3rd to 5th whole rows of the sheet can be done in two ways:
Select any cell of the 3rd row, press Shift + Space key to select the row.
Now use the Shift + Down(twice) arrow key to select the 4th and the 5th row.
Or you could go another way from 5th to 3rd row but you won’t be able to select 3rd and 5th row both, starting from the 4th row.
Select multiple rows and columns of a table with shortcut keys and perform your tasks efficiently.
Now selecting Column:
Select the cell, you wish to select.
Use Ctrl + Space shortcut keys from your keyboard to select the column as shown below in the picture.
If you wish to select the adjacent columns with the selected column, use Shift + Left/Right arrow key(s) to select the left or right side of that column. You can go either way but can’t access both sides of it.
We need to select 3rd to 5th columns.
Select any cell of the 3rd column.
Use Ctrl + Space shortcut keys from your keyboard to select the column (Leave the keys if the column is selected).
Now use Shift + Right (twice) arrow keys to select the 4th and the 5th column simultaneously.
You could go another way from 5th to 3rd column but you won’t be able to select 3rd and 5th column both, starting from the 4th column as it allows you to move or edit in one direction.
As you can see all the selected columns in the image above.
How to apply formula to the entire column?
Easy, write formula in the first cell of the column and press CTRL + SPACE to select the entire column and then CTRL+D to apply formula to the entire column.
How to select all in excel?
To select all data press CTRL+A.
How to select multiple cells in excel mac?
Hold down the command key and scroll over the cells to select. If the cells are not adjacent then click on the cell while holding the command key.
Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
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