Canceling a Command

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 25, 2016)

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If you start to perform a command or action within Excel, you may want to cancel it before it finishes. To do this, the general rule is to simply press the Esc key. This should cancel any command or action that Excel is processing. It is also interesting to note that you can press Esc to close most every dialog box that may pop up in Excel.

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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 five more than 2?

2017-02-14 03:56:48

JacoA

When running a command (e.g. Match or Vlookup) on a substantial amount of data, the UI simply freezes and Esc has no effect.


2016-09-27 01:03:11

Steve Shaw

wrong!


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