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Quickly Deleting Cells

Everyone knows that you can delete cells in an Excel spreadsheet by choosing Delete from the Edit menu. If you are typing away, however, it can be a pain to access the Delete dialog box in this manner. A quick way to accomplish the same task is to simply press Ctrl+- (the minus key, either on the regular keyboard or the numeric keypad). This pops up the Delete dialog box right away, allowing you to save a couple of mouse clicks. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Delete dialog box

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NW    23 Mar 2015, 09:43
Personally, I like to use alt-e-d (press them one at a time). That will bring up the same dialog box.

Then, of course, you can either arrow down/up to your selection (or press & hold the alt key and type the underlined letter corresponding to what action you want to take) all followed by [enter].
Dave Onorato    21 Mar 2015, 18:12
Or the easy way? Copy a blank cell and paste it where you want the "deleted" pristine cell.
You can do this in a macro, too by invoking a copy/paste into whatever cell you are on. Just copy cell A65536 into the current cell.
And set that macro in personal with a keystroke.
GaryC    21 Mar 2015, 08:59
How can you call this command out in VBA and then execute, so you can create a macro?
 
GaryC    21 Mar 2015, 08:57
Never knew that, thank you that will be useful to remember.
Marty    21 Mar 2015, 06:37
The shortcut for me was CTRL - It was confusing to me when you add the plus sign in between I thought I had to hold control then hit + and then minus
 
 

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