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Excel keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier.

At the end of this article, you will find a list of keyboard shortcuts in Excel 365 that will help you to improve your productivity when working with Excel, but before we jump into the list, we would like to highlight the benefits of learning and using these commands:

Imagine all those hours in front of a computer working with Excel, if you could save one hour per day using the shortcuts, considering you work 5 days per week, you would have saved 260 hours in a year, nearly 11 days of your life!!!

Perhaps you are wondering if saving one hour is possible, maybe you are thinking that saving one hour is a lot or the opposite, well that will depend on many factors, some of them are: how much time you spend on Excel during the day, the type of activities you do, how advanced your knowledge in Excel is, how fast you are with the mouse or the keyboard, etc.

There are many shortcuts, how many do you use? I am sure that at least Ctrl + C (Copy) and Ctrl + V (Paste) hopefully you know a few more but if not, try to memorize two or three per week and try to use it as much as you can, I am sure one day when you do not expect it, you will no longer need to see the shortcuts in the list.

Shortcuts are just the tip of the ice, you can learn many useful tools from Excel that can help you not just to be more productive but to success in your career, if you are not completely sure about it, I invite you to have a look into the job offers and see how many positions require knowledge in Excel.

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Here is the A - Z of quick and handy short cuts grouped together for similar actions:

Ctrl + O

Open an existing workbook

Ctrl + N

Create a new workbook

Ctrl + S

Save a workbook

Ctrl + W

Close a workbook

Ctrl + P


Ctrl + Up arrow

Move to the top most cell in the current data set

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move to the bottom most cell in the current data set

Ctrl + Left arrow

Move to the left most cell in the current data set

Ctrl + right arrow

Move to the right most cell in the current data set

Ctrl + A

Select All

Ctrl + Shift + colon (:)

Enters the current time

Ctrl + Semi colon (;)

Enters the current date


Check spelling in the active worksheet

Alt + enter

Check spelling in the active worksheet

Ctrl + B


Ctrl + I


Ctrl + U


Ctrl + C


Ctrl + V


Ctrl + X


Ctrl + Y

Redo an action

Ctrl + Z

Redo an action

Ctrl + D

Copies the data from the cell immediately above the active cell

Ctrl + R

Copies the data from the cell immediately to the left of the active cell

Ctrl + E

Flash fill data if there is a pattern

Ctrl + F


Ctrl + G

Go to

Ctrl + H

Find and replace

Ctrl + K

Insert a hyperlink

Ctrl + L

Create a table (same as Ctrl + T)

Ctrl + T

Create a table

Ctrl + Q

Brings up the quick analysis commands within a table

Alt + M

Move one cell right

Alt + H

Go to Home Tab


Go to formula tab

Ctrl + End

Move to last cell on the right hand side in a worksheet

Ctrl + Home

Move to the beginning of a worksheet

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