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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
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