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.

Removing a Macro from a Shortcut Key

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 9, 2017)


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.

Author Bio

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 1 + 5?

2018-02-07 09:28:19


Macros are only assigned to the workbook in which they live. For example, if I created MACRO A and saved it to my personal macro workbook with shortcut ctrl+d I could also assign ctrl+d to a macro saved within a different workbook.

It's not a pure solution for being able to disassociate shortcuts, but it's a start.

2016-03-14 07:59:08


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.

2014-06-28 04:13:49


Thanks for helping in crisp manner

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