Copy, Paste and Edit the Cell Content

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The key combinations used to work with cell content are listed below.

Shortcut

Description

F2

Turns on the edit mode for the active cell and positions the cursor at the end of the cell content.

SHIFT+LEFT ARROW KEY

In the cell edit mode, selects or deselects one character to the left.

SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW KEY

In the cell edit mode, selects or deselects one character to the right.

CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW KEY

In the cell edit mode, selects or deselects one word to the left.

CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW KEY

In the cell edit mode, selects or deselects one word to the right.

SHIFT+HOME

In the cell edit mode, selects from the cursor current position to the beginning of the cell.

SHIFT+END

In the cell edit mode, selects from the cursor current position to the end of the cell.

ALT+ENTER

Starts a new line in the same cell.

CTRL+ENTER

Completes a cell entry and stays in the same cell.

ENTER

Completes a cell entry and selects the cell below.

To change this default behavior, use the SpreadsheetSelectionBehaviorOptions.MoveActiveCellMode property.

SHIFT+ENTER

Completes a cell entry and selects the cell above.

TAB

Completes a cell entry and selects the cell to the right.

SHIFT+TAB

Completes a cell entry and selects the cell to the left.

ESC

Cancels an entry in a cell or Formula Bar.

BACKSPACE

In the cell edit mode, deletes a character to the left of the cursor.

DELETE

Removes the cell content without affecting the cell formatting.

In the cell edit mode, deletes a character to the right of the cursor.

CTRL+DELETE

In the cell edit mode, deletes all characters from the cursor current position to the end of the line.

CTRL+Z or ALT+BACKSPACE

Performs the Undo command to reverse the last action or to delete the last entry you typed.

CTRL+Y or ALT+SHIFT+BACKSPACE

Repeats the last action.

CTRL+C or CTRL+INSERT

Copies the selected cell in the Clipboard.

CTRL+V or SHIFT+INSERT

Inserts the contents of the Clipboard in the specified cell and replaces any selection.

CTRL+ALT+V

Invokes the Paste Special dialog box to specify the paste options.

CTRL+X or SHIFT+DELETE

Cuts the selected cells.

CTRL+D

Performs the Fill Down command to copy the contents of the topmost cell to the cells below.

CTRL+R

Performs the Fill Right command to copy the contents of the leftmost cell to the cell to the right.

CTRL+K

Invokes the Insert Hyperlink dialog box to create a new hyperlink.

SHIFT+F2

Adds a comment to the active cell.