Quickly Switching Between Spreadsheet Windows

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 5, 2019)

If you have multiple workbooks open at one time, and you are using the keyboard to enter information, it is sometimes a bother to take your hands off the keyboard, find the mouse, move the mouse pointer into the other window, and click on the mouse button. In fact, it can ruin your entire train of thought. It is even worse if each file is not visible on the screen. In this case you have to use the Window menu to select the other spreadsheet.

There is a quick method of switching between spreadsheet windows that uses the keyboard. To do this, simply press Ctrl+F6. This will cycle you between your open workbooks. For instance, if you have three workbooks open, and you press Ctrl+F6 three times, you will be back to your original workbook window.

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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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