To simplify your work with Excel worksheets, find faster and easier ways to select and format your data.
One way to format a cell or range of cells is to choose the Format Cells command.
In addition to the Home tab in the Ribbon, try these other shortcuts to apply formatting in Excel:
In many worksheets, horizontal space can be a premium. One solution is to put a new angle on your data especially if column headings need more space than the data in the same column. To customize the orientation of text in a cell:
Content in Excel worksheets is not limited to numbers and formulas. In addition to column headings and row labels, text may be critical for comments, notes, descriptions, and other important entries.
To automatically wrap text in a cell to maximize the layout and display:
You can also find Wrap Text on the Home tab of the Ribbon (Alignment group).
If you ever need to zero in on a specific range in Excel, there’s an easy way to magnify the data so you focus all your attention on it.
Excel magnifies the view of the data by whatever percentage is necessary to fill the viewable area of the file’s window, up to 400%. When you want to return to the normal view of the worksheet, simply choose the View tab and choose 100%.
In Excel, the current region or list is a range of cells containing data bounded by blank rows and columns.
Try any of these tricks to select the current region or list:
Type data into a cell, press [Enter] and the default action in Excel is for your pointer to move down a row. It is easy to change this default either temporarily or permanently.
To prevent moving to the next cell (one time) after typing:
If you want your pointer to move within a specific range but just not down to the next cell, you can also highlight a range of cells before typing. Then, when you type an entry and press [Enter], your pointer will move to the next available cell based on your selection which may be down or to the right
To change/set the move selection after pressing [Enter]:
Try these shortcuts to make it even easier to select and format in your Excel worksheets.
Discover more Excel shortcuts, tips and tricks here.
By Dawn Bjork, MCT, The Software Pro®
Microsoft Certified Trainer, Technology Speaker, Software Consultant