Shortcuts

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Excel: A fast way to add numbers in columns or rows: Highlight the target numbers, press Alt+Shift and then the plus sign (+)—the one above the equal sign (=), not the one on the numeric keypad.

Excel: A quick way to move a column or row of numbers down or to the right: Highlight the target numbers, press Ctrl+Shift and then the plus sign (+)—the one above the equal sign (=), evoking this screen.

As you can see, you now also have the option of moving not just the highlighted cells but the entire row or column.

 

STANLEY ZAROWIN, a former JofA senior editor, is now a contributing editor to the magazine. His e-mail address is zarowin@mindspring.com .

Do you have technology questions for this column? Or, after reading an answer, do you have a better solution? Send them to contributing editor Stanley Zarowin via e-mail at zarowin@mindspring.com or regular mail at the Journal of Accountancy, 201 Plaza Three, Harborside Financial Center, Jersey City, NJ 07311-3881.

Because of the volume of mail, we regret we cannot individually answer submitted questions. However, if a reader’s question has broad interest, we will answer it in a forthcoming Technology Q&A column.

On occasion you may find you cannot implement a function I describe in this column. More often than not it’s because not all functions work in every operating system or application. I try to test everything in the 2000 and XP editions of Windows and Office. It’s virtually impossible to test them in all editions and it’s equally difficult to find out which editions are incompatible with a function. I apologize for the inconvenience.

   

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