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.

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—The editors

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