Selecting a Row

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 21, 2015)

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If you want to quickly select a row in your spreadsheet, there are two ways you can do it. If you are working with the mouse you can simply click on the row number at the left side of the row. For instance, if you want to select row 12, you would click on the 12 row header.

The other method works great if you are working in a particular row and your hands are on the keyboard. All you need to do is press Shift+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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What is nine more than 1?

2015-03-23 22:02:55

CraigH

Shift+Spacebar to select the Row

Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar to select all cells


2015-03-23 14:18:37

Cinny

Cool, thanks! But I think you meant to write row, not column: "All you need to do is press Shift+Space Bar and the entire column is automatically selected."


2015-03-22 06:51:12

Stefan Masic

Thanks for great Tip,

my name is Stefan and like also tips in Access. Amazing, this tip works also for Access.

Štefan.


2015-03-21 08:54:12

GaryC

Ctrl & spacebar to select the column.


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