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Chapter 4. Editing Cell Content > Editing with the Keyboard

Editing with the Keyboard

When you click on a cell that already contains data, pressing virtually any key on your keyboard will replace your content with the character or code associated with the key pressed. In your use of Excel, you'll find that you can use this feature to your own benefit (for intentional replacements) or in error (by striking a key accidentally). To familiarize yourself with the keys that will edit your cell content, review the following:

  • Alphanumeric keys (all the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0 through 9, and all symbols and punctuation) will, when pressed, replace your selected cell content.

  • The numeric keypad (active if Num Lock is on) will replace your content with numbers and mathematical symbols (/ * - +).

  • The Spacebar will replace selected cell content with a space.


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