Selecting a Column

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 18, 2016)

If you want to quickly select a column of your spreadsheet, there are two ways you can do it. Perhaps the easiest way (if you already have your hand on the mouse) is to click on the column letter at the top of the column. For instance, if you want to select column C, you would click on the C column header.

The other method works great if you are working in a particular column and your hands are on the keyboard. All you need to do is press Ctrl+Space Bar and the entire column is automatically selected.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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