Shortcut Keys for Editing and Formatting Cell Entries in Excel 2003

By Greg Harvey

Part of Excel 2003 for Dummies Cheat Sheet

Each one of those little squares on a worksheet in Excel 2003 is called a cell and it holds important information. Here are some keyboard shortcut keys that help you organize and correct your cell entries:

Press To
Ctrl+1 Display Format Cells dialog box
Alt+’ (apostrophe) Display Style dialog box
Ctrl+Shift+~ (tilde) Apply General number format
Ctrl+Shift+$ Apply Currency number format with two decimal places and
negative numbers in parentheses
Ctrl+Shift+% Apply Percent number format with no decimal places
Ctrl+Shift+# Apply Date number format with day, month, and year as in
Ctrl+Shift+@ Apply Time number format with hour and minute and AM/PM as in
12:05 PM
Ctrl+Shift+! Apply Comma number format with two decimal places
Ctrl+B Add or remove bold
Ctrl+I Add or remove italics
Ctrl+U Add or remove underlining
Ctrl+5 Add or remove strikethrough
Ctrl+Shift+& Apply outline border to current range
Ctrl+Shift+_ (underline) Remove outline border from current range
Ctrl+F1 Open and close the Task pane at the right side of the workbook
document window
F2 Edit current cell entry and position insertion point at the end
of cell contents
Shift+F2 Edit comment attached to current cell and position insertion
point in comment box
Backspace Delete character to left of insertion point when editing cell
Delete Delete character to right of insertion point when editing cell
entry: otherwise, clear cell entries in current range
Esc Cancel editing in current cell entry
Enter Complete editing in current cell entry
Ctrl+CC Open Clipboard Task pane
Ctrl+C Copy cell selection to Clipboard
Ctrl+X Cut cell selection to Clipboard
Ctrl+V Paste last copied or cut cells from Clipboard
Ctrl+hyphen (-) Open Delete dialog box to delete cell selection and shift
remaining cells left or up
Ctrl+Shift+plus (+) Open Insert dialog box to insert new cells and shift existing
cells right or down
Ctrl+Z Undo last action
Ctrl+Y Redo last action