Many users have discovered that using their keyboard can often be much more efficient than using their mouse. This appendix lists the most useful shortcut keys available in Excel. The shortcuts are arranged by context.
The keys listed assume that you're not using the Transition Navigation Keys, which are designed to emulate Lotus 1-2-3. You can select the Transition Navigation Keys option of the Advanced tab of the Excel Options dialog box. This option is in the Lotus Compatibility section.
On the surface, the Ribbon interface appears to be designed for a mouse. However, you can access nearly all the Ribbon commands by using the keyboard. Press the Alt key, and Excel displays "keytips" next to each command. Just press the key that corresponds to the command you need. For example, the command to toggle worksheet gridlines is View Show Gridlines. The keyboard equivalent is Alt, followed by WVG. Note that you don't need to keep the Alt key depressed while you type the subsequent letters.
|Key(s)||What It Does|
|Navigation keys (←, →, ↑, ↓)||Moves left, right, up, or down one cell|
|Home||Moves to the beginning of the row|
|Home||Moves to the upper-left cell displayed in the window|
|End||Moves to the lower-left cell displayed ...|