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Removing a Macro from a Shortcut Key

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Removing a Macro from a Shortcut Key.

Excel allows you to assign macros to specific key combinations. These key combinations are referred to as shortcut keys, and when used they result in the macro being executed. You learn how to assign a shortcut key to a particular macro in other issues of ExcelTips.

At some point you may want to remove the association between a shortcut key and a macro. In order to do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press Alt+F8 to display the Macro dialog box.
  2. From the list of available macros, select the macro whose shortcut key you want to change.
  3. Click on Options. Excel displays the Macro Options dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Macro Options dialog box.

  5. Remove any characters in the Shortcut Key area.
  6. Click on OK to close the Macro Options dialog box.
  7. Click on Cancel to close the Macro dialog box.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3184) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Removing a Macro from a Shortcut Key.

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Comments for this tip:

Tomasz    14 Mar 2016, 07:59
Unfortunately the shortcut key is not releasing permanently in EXCEL 2016 (MAC).

Once shortcut key connection to macro is deleted, the key-sequence remind occupied and can not be assigned to new macro.
Prabhav    28 Jun 2014, 04:13
Thanks for helping in crisp manner

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