Excel 2010 Hot Keys for Editing Commands
Part of the Excel 2010 Workbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet
You activate all of the Excel 2010 hot keys by pressing down the Alt key before you type the various sequences of mnemonic letters. The mnemonic letter for all of the editing commands is H (for Home) because all of these commands are conveniently located on the Home tab of the Ribbon.
However, even if you can remember to associate editing with the Home tab and keep in mind that Alt+H is always the starting point, you’re still not home free because the remaining letters in the hot key sequences are not as easy to remember as you might like.
Fortunately, the most common editing commands (Cut, Copy, and Paste) still respond to the old Ctrl+key sequences (Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V, respectively), which are a lot quicker than their Alt+H equivalents, provided that you already know and regularly use them.
|Hot Keys||Excel Ribbon Command||Function|
|Alt+HVP||Home→Paste→Paste||Pastes the currently cut or copied cell selection or graphic objects in the worksheet|
|Alt+HX||Home→Cut||Cuts the cell selection or selected graphic objects out of the workbook and places them on the Windows Clipboard|
|Alt+HC||Home→Copy||Copies the cell selection or selected graphic objects to the Windows Clipboard|
|Alt+HFP||Home→Format Painter||Activates the Format Painter|
|Alt+HFO||Home→Clipboard Dialog Box Launcher||Displays and hides the Clipboard task pane|
|Alt+HII||Home→Insert→Insert Cells||Opens Insert dialog box so you can indicate the direction in which to shift existing cells to make room for the ones being inserted|
|Alt+HIR||Home→Insert→Insert Sheet Rows||Inserts blank rows equal to the number of rows in the cell selection|
|Alt+HIC||Home→Insert→Insert Sheet Columns||Inserts blank columns equal to the number of columns in the cell selection|
|Alt+HIS||Home→Insert→Insert Sheet||Inserts a new worksheet in the workbook|
|Alt+HDD||Home→Delete→Delete Cells||Opens Delete dialog box so you can indicate the direction in which to shift existing cells to replace the ones being deleted|
|Alt+HDR||Home→Delete→Sheet Rows||Deletes rows equal to the number of rows in the cell selection|
|Alt+HDC||Home→Delete→Sheet Columns||Deletes columns equal to the number of columns in the cell selection|
|Alt+HDS||Home→Delete→Sheet||Deletes the current worksheet after warning you of data loss if the sheet contains cell entries|
|Alt+HEA||Home→Clear→Clear All||Clears the contents, formatting, and comments from the cell selection|
|Alt+HEF||Home→Clear→Clear Formats||Clears the formatting of the cell selection without removing the contents and comments|
|Alt+HEC||Home→Clear→Clear Contents||Clears the contents of the cell selection without removing the formatting and comments|
|Alt+HEM||Home→Clear→Clear Comments||Clears all comments in the cell selection without removing the formatting and contents|