Excel Tip – Keyboard shortcuts

The fastest Excel users have one thing in common They rarely use the mouse. Most all actions in Excel can be done with a keyboard shortcut. Here are some of my favorites:

CTRL + HOME — Go to Cell A1

CTRL + END — Goes to the last cell used. 

CTRL+SHIFT + right arrow then down arrow — will select all contiguous cells

CTRL + A –  Selects entire spreadsheet

F4 – Changes cell address to Absolute

CTRL + T – Converts data range to a table

CTRL + E — Flash Fill 

CTRL + ; — Inserts the current date.

Excel Tip: Quick Fill Down

Excel is THE tool for accountants. There is rarely a day that will go by without using Excel. Each Monday, this blog will post a time saving tip that is helpful. Enjoy the first tip!

In larger spreadsheets, I used to spend lots of time dragging the cursor down a column to extend a formula for hundreds of rows. This trick will save lots of frustration and TIME!

By simply double-clicking on the Fill Handle in the lower right-hand corner of the cell, the formula will copy down the column.

NOTE: The column to the left of the formula needs to contain data. If there is a blank cell in the column to the left, the formula will stop at that row. In other words, the data in the adjacent column must not contain empty cells within the data.

I hope this tip saves you as much time as it has saved me!