- Applies to: Excel for Microsoft 365, Excel for Microsoft 365 for Mac, Excel for the web, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, Excel 2019 for Mac, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, Excel for iPad, Excel for iPhone, Excel for Android tablets, Excel for Android phones, Excel for Windows Phone 10, Excel Mobile.
Commonly, most users believe that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for Excel increases their work efficiency. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be simpler than using the touchscreen, and are a convenient and necessary alternative to using a mouse.
- Firstly, the Excel keyboard shortcuts in this topic address the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts may differ from the keys on a US keyboard.
- Secondly, a plus sign (+) in a shortcut indicates that you have to press numerous keys at once.
- Thirdly, a comma sign (,) in a shortcut represents that you must press multiple keys in order.
This article outlines the Excel keyboard shortcuts, function keys, and some other common shortcut keys in Excel for Windows.
- To quickly find a shortcut in this article, you can use the Search. Press Ctrl+F, and then type your search words.
- If an action that you use often does not have a shortcut key, you can record a macro to create one.
- Download our 50 time-saving Excel shortcuts quick tips guide.
- Get these keyboard shortcuts in a Word document: Excel 2016 for Windows keyboard shortcuts
In this topic
- Frequently used shortcuts
- Ribbon keyboard shortcuts
- Formatting cells Keyboard shortcuts
- Making selections and performing actions–Keyboard shortcuts
- Keyboard shortcuts for working with data, functions, and the formula bar
- Power Pivot keyboard shortcuts
- Keyboard shortcuts in Office Add-ins
- Function keys
- Other useful shortcut keys
Frequently used shortcuts
This table lists the most frequently used Excel keyboard shortcuts.
|To do this||Press|
|Close a workbook||Ctrl+W|
|Open a workbook||Ctrl+O|
|Go to the Home tab||Alt+H|
|Save a workbook||Ctrl+S|
|Remove cell contents||Delete|
|Choose a fill colour||Alt+H, H|
|Go to Insert tab||Alt+N|
|Centre align cell contents||Alt+H, A, C|
|Go to Page Layout tab||Alt+P|
|Go to Data tab||Alt+A|
|Go to View tab||Alt+W|
|Open context menu||Shift+F10, orContext key|
|Add borders||Alt+H, B|
|Delete column||Alt+H, D, C|
|Go to Formula tab||Alt+M|
|Hide the selected rows||Ctrl+9|
|Hide the selected columns||Ctrl+0|
Ribbon Excel keyboard shortcuts
The ribbon groups similar options on tabs. For example, on the Home tab, the Number group contains the Number Format option. Press the Alt key to present the ribbon shortcuts, called Key Tips, as letters in small images beside the tabs and options as illustrated in the image below.
You can integrate the Key Tips letters with the Alt key to create shortcuts called Access Keys for the ribbon options. For example, press Alt+H to open the Home tab, and Alt+Q to switch to the Tell me or Search field. Press Alt again to view KeyTips for the options for the selected tab.
In Office 2013 and Office 2010, many of the old Alt key menu shortcuts are still valid as well. However, you must know the entire shortcut. For example, press Alt, and then press one of the old menu keys E (Edit), V (View), I (Insert), and so on. A notification appears saying you’re using an access key from an earlier version of Microsoft Office. If you know the whole key sequence, keep going and use it. If you don’t know the sequence, press Esc and use Key Tips as an alternative.
Use the Access keys for ribbon tabs
To go straight to a tab on the ribbon, press one of the following access keys. Further tabs could display based on your choice in the worksheet.
|To do this||Press|
|Move to the Tell me or Search field on the Ribbon and type a search term for assistance or Help content.||Alt+Q, then enter the search term.|
|Open the File page and use Backstage view.||Alt+F|
|Open the Home tab and format text and numbers and use the Find tool.||Alt+H|
|Open the Insert tab and insert PivotTables, charts, add-ins, Sparklines, pictures, shapes, headers, or text boxes.||Alt+N|
|Open the Page Layout tab and work with themes, page setup, scale, and alignment.||Alt+P|
|Open the Formulas tab and insert, trace, and customise functions and calculations.||Alt+M|
|Open the Data tab and connect to, sort, filter, analyse, and work with data.||Alt+A|
|Open the Review tab and check spelling, add notes and threaded comments, and protect sheets and workbooks.||Alt+R|
|Open the View tab and preview page breaks and layouts, show and hide gridlines and headings, set zoom magnification, manage windows and panes, and view macros.||Alt+W|
Work in the ribbon with the keyboard
|To do this||Press|
|Select the active tab on the ribbon, and activate the access keys.||Alt or F10. To move to a different tab, use access keys or the arrow keys.|
|Move the focus to commands on the ribbon.||Tab key or Shift+Tab|
|Move down, up, left, or right, respectively, among the items on the Ribbon.||Arrow keys|
|Activate a selected button.||Spacebar or Enter|
|Open the list for a selected command.||Down arrow key|
|Open the menu for a selected button.||Alt+Down arrow key|
|When a menu or submenu is open, move to the next command.||Down arrow key|
|Expand or collapse the ribbon.||Ctrl+F1|
|Open a context menu.||Shift+F10Or, on a Windows keyboard, the Context key (between the right Alt and right Ctrl keys)|
|Move to the submenu when a main menu is open or selected.||Left arrow key|
Excel Keyboard shortcuts for navigating in cells
|To do this||Press|
|Move to the previous cell in a worksheet or the previous option in a dialogue.||Shift+Tab|
|Move one cell up in a worksheet.||Up arrow key|
|Move one cell down in a worksheet.||Down arrow key|
|Move one cell left in a worksheet.||Left arrow key|
|Move one cell right in a worksheet.||Right arrow key|
|Move to the edge of the current data region in a worksheet.||Ctrl+Arrow key|
|Enter the End mode, move to the next nonblank cell in the same column or row as the active cell, and turn off End mode. If the cells are blank, move to the last cell in the row or column.||End, Arrow key|
|Move to the last cell on a worksheet, to the lowest used row of the rightmost used column.||Ctrl+End|
|Extend the selection of cells to the last used cell on the worksheet (lower-right corner).||Ctrl+Shift+End|
|Move to the cell in the upper-left corner of the window when Scroll Lock is turned on.||Home+Scroll Lock|
|Move to the beginning of a worksheet.||Ctrl+Home|
|Move one screen down in a worksheet.||Page Down|
|Move to the next sheet in a workbook.||Ctrl+Page Down|
|Move one screen to the right in a worksheet.||Alt+Page Down|
|Move one screen up in a worksheet.||Page Up|
|Move one screen to the left in a worksheet.||Alt+Page Up|
|Move to the previous sheet in a workbook.||Ctrl+Page Up|
|Move one cell to the right in a worksheet. Or, in a protected worksheet, move between unlocked cells.||Tab key|
|Open the list of validation choices on a cell that has data validation option applied to it.||Alt+Down arrow key|
|Cycle through floating shapes, such as text boxes or images.||Ctrl+Alt+5, then the Tab key repeatedly|
|Exit the floating shape navigation and return to the normal navigation.||Esc|
Formatting cells – Excel Keyboard shortcuts
|To do this||Press|
|Open the Format Cells dialogue.||Ctrl+1|
|Format fonts in the Format Cells dialogue.||Ctrl+Shift+F or Ctrl+Shift+P|
|Change the active cell and add the insertion point at the end of its contents. Or, if editing is disabled for the cell, adjust the insertion point into the formula bar. If altering a formula, switch Point mode off or on so you can use arrow keys to create a reference.||F2|
|Insert a note. |
Open and amend a cell note.
|Insert a threaded comment.|
Open and reply to a threaded comment
|Open the Insert dialogue to insert blank cells.||Ctrl+Shift+Plus sign (+)|
|Open the Delete dialogue to delete selected cells.||Ctrl+Minus sign (-)|
|Enter the current time.||Ctrl+Shift+colon (:)|
|Enter the current date.||Ctrl+semi-colon (;)|
|Toggle between displaying cell values or formulas in the worksheet.||Ctrl+grave accent (`)|
|Copy a formula from the cell above the active cell into the cell or the Formula Bar.||Ctrl+apostrophe (‘)|
|Move the selected cells.||Ctrl+X|
|Copy the selected cells.||Ctrl+C|
|Paste content at the insertion point, replacing any selection.||Ctrl+V|
|Open the Paste Special dialogue.||Ctrl+Alt+V|
|Italicise text or remove italic formatting.||Ctrl+I or Ctrl+3|
|Bold text or remove bold formatting.||Ctrl+B or Ctrl+2|
|Underline text or remove underline.||Ctrl+U or Ctrl+4|
|Apply or remove strikethrough formatting.||Ctrl+5|
|Alternate between hiding objects, displaying objects, and displaying placeholders for objects.||Ctrl+6|
|Apply an outline border to the selected cells.||Ctrl+Shift+ampersand (&)|
|Remove the outline border from the selected cells.||Ctrl+Shift+underline (_)|
|Display or hide the outline symbols.||Ctrl+8|
|Use the Fill Down command to copy the contents and format of the topmost cell of a selected range into the cells below.||Ctrl+D|
|Apply the General number format.||Ctrl+Shift+tilde sign (~)|
|Apply the Currency format with two decimal places (negative numbers in parentheses).||Ctrl+Shift+dollar sign ($)|
|Apply the Percentage format with no decimal places.||Ctrl+Shift+percent sign (%)|
|Apply the Scientific number format with two decimal places.||Ctrl+Shift+caret sign (^)|
|Apply the Date format with the day, month, and year.||Ctrl+Shift+number sign (#)|
|Apply the Time format with the hour and minute, and AM or PM.||Ctrl+Shift+at sign (@)|
|Apply the Number format with two decimal places, thousands separator, and minus sign (-) for negative values.||Ctrl+Shift+exclamation point (!)|
|Open the Insert hyperlink dialogue.||Ctrl+K|
|Check spelling in the active worksheet or selected range.||F7|
|Display the Quick Analysis options for selected cells that contain data.||Ctrl+Q|
|Display the Create Table dialogue.||Ctrl+L or Ctrl+T|
|Open the Workbook Statistics dialogue.||Ctrl+Shift+G|
Paste Special dialogue in Excel 2013 – Excel Keyboard shortcuts
In Excel 2013, you can paste a particular element of the copied data such as its formatting or value using the Paste Special options. When you’ve copied the data, press Ctrl+Alt+V, or Alt+E+S to launch the Paste Special dialogue.
Tip: You can even choose Home > Paste > Paste Special.
To select an option in the dialogue, press the underlined letter for that option. For example, press the letter C to choose the Comments option.
|To do this||Press|
|Paste all cell contents and formatting.||A|
|Paste only the formulas as entered in the formula bar.||F|
|Paste only the values (not the formulas).||V|
|Paste only the copied formatting.||T|
|Paste only comments and notes attached to the cell.||C|
|Paste only the data validation settings from copied cells.||N|
|Paste all cell contents and formatting from copied cells.||H|
|Paste all cell contents without borders.||X|
|Paste only column widths from copied cells.||W|
|Paste only formulas and number formats from copied cells.||R|
|Paste only the values (not formulas) and number formats from copied cells.||U|
Making selections and performing actions – Excel Keyboard shortcuts
|To do this||Press|
|Select the entire worksheet.||Ctrl+A or Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar|
|Select the current and next sheet in a workbook.||Ctrl+Shift+Page Down|
|Select the current and previous sheet in a workbook.||Ctrl+Shift+Page Up|
|Extend the selection of cells by one cell.||Shift+Arrow key|
|Extend the selection of cells to the last nonblank cell in the same column or row as the active cell, or if the next cell is blank, to the next nonblank cell.||Ctrl+Shift+Arrow key|
|Turn extend mode on and use the arrow keys to extend a selection. Press again to turn off.||F8|
|Add a non-adjacent cell or range to a selection of cells by using the arrow keys.||Shift+F8|
|Start a new line in the same cell.||Alt+Enter|
|Fill the selected cell range with the current entry.||Ctrl+Enter|
|Complete a cell entry and select the cell above.||Shift+Enter|
|Select an entire column in a worksheet.||Ctrl+Spacebar|
|Select an entire row in a worksheet.||Shift+Spacebar|
|Select all objects on a worksheet when an object is selected.||Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar|
|Extend the selection of cells to the beginning of the worksheet.||Ctrl+Shift+Home|
|Pick the current region if the worksheet contains data. Press a second time to choose the current region and its summary rows. Press a third time to confirm the whole worksheet.||Ctrl+A or Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar|
|Select the current region around the active cell.||Ctrl+Shift+Asterisk (*)|
|Select the first command on the menu when a menu or submenu is visible.||Home|
|Repeat the last command or action, if possible.||Ctrl+Y|
|Undo the last action.||Ctrl+Z|
Working with data, functions, and the formula bar – Excel Keyboard Shortcuts
|To do this||Press|
|Edit the active cell and put the insertion point at the end of its contents. Or, if editing is turned off for the cell, move the insertion point into the formula bar. If editing a formula, toggle Point mode off or on so you can use arrow keys to create a reference.||F2|
|Expand or collapse the formula bar.||Ctrl+Shift+U|
|Cancel an entry in the cell or Formula Bar.||Esc|
|Complete an entry in the formula bar and select the cell below.||Enter|
|Move the cursor to the end of the text when in the formula bar.||Ctrl+End|
|Select all text in the formula bar from the cursor position to the end.||Ctrl+Shift+End|
|Calculate all worksheets in all open workbooks.||F9|
|Calculate the active worksheet.||Shift+F9|
|Calculate all worksheets in all open workbooks, regardless of whether they have changed since the last calculation.||Ctrl+Alt+F9|
|Check dependent formulas, and then calculate all cells in all open workbooks, including cells not marked as needing to be calculated.||Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F9|
|Display the menu or message for an Error Checking button.||Alt+Shift+F10|
|Display the Function Arguments dialogue when the insertion point is to the right of a function name in a formula.||Ctrl+A|
|Insert argument names and parentheses when the insertion point is to the right of a function name in a formula.||Ctrl+Shift+A|
|Invoke Flash Fill to automatically recognise patterns in adjacent columns and fill the current column||Ctrl+E|
|Cycle through all combinations of absolute and relative references in a formula if a cell reference or range is selected.||F4|
|Insert a function.||Shift+F3|
|Copy the value from the cell above the active cell into the cell or the formula bar.||Ctrl+Shift+Straight quotation mark (“)|
|Create an embedded chart of the data in the current range.||Alt+F1|
|Create a chart of the data in the current range in a separate Chart sheet.||F11|
|Define a name to use in references.||Alt+M, M, D|
|Paste a name from the Paste Name dialogue (if names have been defined in the workbook.||F3|
|Move to the first field in the next record of a data form.||Enter|
|Create, run, edit, or delete a macro.||Alt+F8|
|Open the Microsoft Visual Basic For Applications Editor.||Alt+F11|
Power Pivot Excel Keyboard shortcuts
Use the following shortcuts keyboard shortcuts with Power Pivot in Microsoft 365, Excel 2019, Excel 2016, and Excel 2013.
|Right-click||Open the context menu for the selected cell, column, or row.|
|Ctrl+A||Select the entire table.|
|Ctrl+C||Copy selected data.|
|Ctrl+D||Delete the table.|
|Ctrl+M||Move the table.|
|Ctrl+R||Rename the table.|
|Ctrl+S||Save the file.|
|Ctrl+Y||Redo the last action.|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo the last action.|
|Ctrl+Spacebar||Select the current column.|
|Shift+Spacebar||Select the current row.|
|Shift+Page Up||Select all cells from the current location to the last cell of the column.|
|Shift+Page Down||Select all cells from the current location to the first cell of the column.|
|Shift+End||Select all cells from the current location to the last cell of the row.|
|Shift+Home||Select all cells from the current location to the first cell of the row.|
|Ctrl+Page Up||Move to the previous table.|
|Ctrl+Page Down||Move to the next table.|
|Ctrl+Home||Move to the first cell in the upper left corner of selected table.|
|Ctrl+End||Move to the last cell in the lower right corner of selected table (the last row of the Add Column).|
|Ctrl+Left arrow||Move to the first cell of selected row.|
|Ctrl+Right arrow||Move to the last cell of selected row.|
|Ctrl+Up arrow||Move to the first cell of selected column.|
|Ctrl+Down arrow||Move to the last cell of selected column.|
|Ctrl+Esc||Close a dialogue or cancel a process, such as a paste operation.|
|Alt+Down arrow||Open the AutoFilter Menu dialogue.|
|F5||Open the Go To dialogue.|
|F9||Recalculate all formulas in the Power Pivot window. For more information, see Recalculate Formulas in Power Pivot.|
Excel Keyboard shortcuts in Office Add-ins
Use these specific shortcuts to work in an Office Add-in task pane:
|To do this||Press|
|Open the context menu.||Ctrl+Shift+F10|
|Open the task pane options menu.||Ctrl+Spacebar|
|Close the task pane.||Ctrl+Spacebar, then select Close|
|F1||F1 alone: displays the Excel Help task pane.Ctrl+F1: displays or hides the ribbon.|
Alt+F1: creates an embedded chart of the data in the current range.
Alt+Shift+F1: inserts a new worksheet.
|F2||F2 alone: edit the active cell and put the insertion point at the end of its contents. Or, if editing is turned off for the cell, move the insertion point into the formula bar. If editing a formula, toggle Point mode off or on so you can use arrow keys to create a reference.|
Shift+F2: adds or edits a cell note.
Ctrl+F2: displays the print preview area on the Print tab in the Backstage view.
|F3||F3 alone: displays the Paste Name dialogue. Available only if names have been defined in the workbook.|
Shift+F3: displays the Insert Function dialogue.
|F4||F4 alone: repeats the last command or action, if possible.|
When a cell reference or range is selected in a formula, F4 cycles through all the various combinations of absolute and relative references.
Ctrl+F4: closes the selected workbook window.
Alt+F4: closes Excel.
|F5||F5 alone: displays the Go To dialogue.|
Ctrl+F5: restores the window size of the selected workbook window.
|F6||F6 alone: switches between the worksheet, ribbon, task pane, and Zoom controls. In a worksheet that has been split, F6 includes the split panes when switching between panes and the ribbon area.|
Shift+F6: switches between the worksheet, Zoom controls, task pane, and ribbon.
Ctrl+F6: switches to the next workbook window when more than one workbook window is open.
|F7||F7 alone: Opens the Spelling dialogue to check spelling in the active worksheet or selected range.|
Ctrl+F7: performs the Move command on the workbook window when it is not maximised. Use the arrow keys to move the window, and when finished press Enter, or Esc to cancel.
|F8||F8 alone: turns extend mode on or off. In extend mode, Extended Selection appears in the status line, and the arrow keys extend the selection.|
Shift+F8: enables you to add a non-adjacent cell or range to a selection of cells by using the arrow keys.
Ctrl+F8: performs the Size command when a workbook is not maximised.
Alt+F8: displays the Macro dialogue to create, run, edit, or delete a macro.
|F9||F9 alone: calculates all worksheets in all open workbooks.|
Shift+F9: calculates the active worksheet.
Ctrl+Alt+F9: calculates all worksheets in all open workbooks, regardless of whether they have changed since the last calculation.
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F9: rechecks dependent formulas, and then calculates all cells in all open workbooks, including cells not marked as needing to be calculated.
Ctrl+F9: minimises a workbook window to an icon.
|F10||F10 alone: Turns key tips on or off. (Pressing Alt does the same thing.)|
Shift+F10: displays the shortcut menu for a selected item.
Alt+Shift+F10: displays the menu or message for an Error Checking button.
Ctrl+F10: maximises or restores the selected workbook window.
|F11||F11 alone: Creates a chart of the data in the current range in a separate Chart sheet.|
Shift+F11: inserts a new worksheet.
Alt+F11: opens the Microsoft Visual Basic For Applications Editor, in which you can create a macro by using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).
|F12||F12 alone: displays the Save As dialogue.|
Other useful shortcut keys
|Alt||Displays the Key Tips (new shortcuts) on the ribbon.|
For example,Alt, W, P switches the worksheet to Page Layout view.
Alt, W, L switches the worksheet to Normal view.
Alt, W, I switches the worksheet to Page Break Preview view.
|Arrow keys||Move one cell up, down, left, or right in a worksheet.|
Ctrl+Arrow key moves to the edge of the current data region in a worksheet.
Shift+Arrow key extends the selection of cells by one cell.
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow key extends the selection of cells to the last nonblank cell in the same column or row as the active cell, or if the next cell is blank, extends the selection to the next nonblank cell.
Left or Right arrow key selects the tab to the left or right when the ribbon is selected. When a submenu is open or selected, these arrow keys switch between the main menu and the submenu. When a ribbon tab is selected, these keys navigate the tab buttons.
Down or Up arrow key selects the next or previous command when a menu or submenu is open. When a ribbon tab is selected, these keys navigate up or down the tab group.
In a dialogue, arrow keys move between options in an open drop-down list, or between options in a group of options.
Down or Alt+Down arrow key opens a selected drop-down list.
|Backspace||Deletes one character to the left in the Formula Bar.|
Also clears the content of the active cell.
In cell editing mode, it deletes the character to the left of the insertion point.
|Delete||Removes the cell contents (data and formulas) from selected cells without affecting cell formats, threaded comments or notes.|
In cell editing mode, it deletes the character to the right of the insertion point.
|End||End turns End mode on or off. In End mode, you can press an arrow key to move to the next nonblank cell in the same column or row as the active cell. End mode turns off automatically after pressing the arrow key. Make sure to press End again before pressing the next arrow key. End mode is shown in the status bar when it is on.|
If the cells are blank, pressing End followed by an arrow key moves to the last cell in the row or column.
End also selects the last command on the menu when a menu or submenu is visible.
Ctrl+End moves to the last cell on a worksheet, to the lowest used row of the rightmost used column. If the cursor is in the formula bar, Ctrl+End moves the cursor to the end of the text.
Ctrl+Shift+End extends the selection of cells to the last used cell on the worksheet (lower-right corner). If the cursor is in the formula bar, Ctrl+Shift+End selects all text in the formula bar from the cursor position to the end—this does not affect the height of the formula bar.
|Enter||Completes a cell entry from the cell or the Formula Bar, and selects the cell below (by default).|
In a data form, it moves to the first field in the next record.
Opens a selected menu (press F10 to activate the menu bar) or performs the action for a selected command.
In a dialogue, it performs the action for the default command button in the dialogue (the button with the bold outline, often the OK button).
Alt+Enter starts a new line in the same cell.Ctrl+Enter fills the selected cell range with the current entry.Shift+Enter completes a cell entry and selects the cell above.
|Esc||Cancels an entry in the cell or Formula Bar.|
Closes an open menu or submenu, dialogue, or message window.
It also closes full screen mode when this mode has been applied, and returns to normal screen mode to display the ribbon and status bar again.
|Home||Moves to the beginning of a row in a worksheet.|
Moves to the cell in the upper-left corner of the window when Scroll Lock is turned on.
Selects the first command on the menu when a menu or submenu is visible.
Ctrl+Home moves to the beginning of a worksheet.
Ctrl+Shift+Home extends the selection of cells to the beginning of the worksheet.
|Page Down||Moves one screen down in a worksheet.|
Alt+Page Down moves one screen to the right in a worksheet.
Ctrl+Page Down moves to the next sheet in a workbook.
Ctrl+Shift+Page Down selects the current and next sheet in a workbook.
|Page Up||Moves one screen up in a worksheet.|
Alt+Page Up moves one screen to the left in a worksheet.
Ctrl+Page Up moves to the previous sheet in a workbook.
Ctrl+Shift+Page Up selects the current and previous sheet in a workbook.
|Spacebar||In a dialogue, performs the action for the selected button, or selects or clears a check box.|
Ctrl+Spacebar selects an entire column in a worksheet.
Shift+Spacebar selects an entire row in a worksheet.
Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar selects the entire worksheet.
If the worksheet contains data, Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar selects the current region. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar a second time selects the current region and its summary rows. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar a third time selects the entire worksheet.
When an object is selected, Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar selects all objects on a worksheet.Alt+Spacebar displays the Control menu for the Excel window.
|Tab key||Moves one cell to the right in a worksheet.|
Moves between unlocked cells in a protected worksheet.
Moves to the next option or option group in a dialogue.
Shift+Tab moves to the previous cell in a worksheet or the previous option in a dialogue.
Ctrl+Tab switches to the next tab in a dialogue, or (if no dialogue is open) switches to the previous open Excel instance. Ctrl+Shift+Tab switches to the previous tab in a dialogue, or (if no dialogue is open) switches to the next open Excel instance.
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