Delete Excel Cells without the Mouse

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. I know there are loads of Excel shortcuts that allow me to avoid using the mouse. Maybe you can help me find a shortcut for deleting individual cells and for highlighting a column or row.

A. You’re in luck. There’s help for both. To delete a cell, put your cursor in the cell and press Ctrl+– (that’s Control and the minus key in the numeric keypad). It’ll instantly bring up the delete cell menu.

To highlight a column without the mouse, move the cursor anywhere in the column and press Ctrl+Space Bar and the entire column automatically will be selected. To highlight a whole row, put the cursor anywhere in the row and press Shift+Space Bar.

Do you have a technology question for this column? Send it to Senior Editor Stanley Zarowin via e-mail at zarowin@mindspring.com or regular mail at the Journal of Accountancy, Harborside Financial Center, 201 Plaza Three, Jersey City, NJ 07311-3881. We regret that we cannot answer letters individually. If a question asked by a reader is deemed to have sufficiently broad interest, we will answer it in a forthcoming Technology Q&A column.

—The editors

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