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How to Select an Entire Column in Excel: The Quickest Shortcut

You're working on a huge Excel spreadsheet with tens of thousands of cells, and you need to select an entire column. How do you do it quickly, without scrolling forever?

Here's the quickest way to select an entire column in Excel:

  1. Click on the column header of the column you want to select. For example, if you want to select column A, click on the A column header.
  2. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding the Shift key, click on the column header of the last column you want to select. For example, if you want to select columns A through Z, click on the Z column header.
  4. Release the Shift key.

All the columns between the first column you clicked on and the last column you clicked on will be selected. You can tell they're selected because they'll be highlighted in blue.

Now you can do whatever you want with the selected columns. For example, you can delete them, hide them, or move them to a different location in the spreadsheet.

If you need to select an entire row instead of a column, just follow the same steps above, but click on the row header instead of the column header. And if you need to select an entire sheet, click on the little triangle in the upper-left corner of the sheet (between the row headers and the column headers).

How to Quickly Select Non-Adjacent Columns

What if you need to select non-adjacent columns? For example, what if you want to select columns A, C, and E?

Here's how to do it:

  1. Click on the column header of the first column you want to select. For example, click on column A.
  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding the Ctrl key, click on the column header of each additional column you want to select. For example, click on column C and then column E.
  4. Release the Ctrl key.

All the columns you selected will be highlighted in blue.

You can use the same technique to quickly select non-adjacent rows.

How to Quickly Select an Entire Column or Row Using the Keyboard

If you're a keyboard person, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts to quickly select an entire column or row:

  • To select an entire column: press and hold the Ctrl key, then press the Spacebar. For example, if you want to select column A, press Ctrl+Spacebar while the cursor is anywhere in column A.
  • To select an entire row: press and hold the Shift key, then press the Spacebar. For example, if you want to select row 1, press Shift+Spacebar while the cursor is anywhere in row 1.

If you want to select an entire sheet, press Ctrl+A.

How to Quickly Select Every Other Column or Row

If you need to select every other column or row (for example, columns A, C, E, G, etc.), there's a quick way to do it:

  1. Click on the column header or row header of the first column or row you want to select.
  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding the Ctrl key, press the Down arrow or Right arrow key to select the next column or row. For example, if you want to select every other column, press Ctrl+Right arrow.
  4. Release the Ctrl key.

All the columns or rows you selected will be highlighted in blue.

You can use the same technique to quickly select every third column or row, every fourth column or row, and so on.

How to Quickly Select an Entire Column or Row Using the Mouse

If you're a mouse person, you can use the following technique to quickly select an entire column or row:

  1. Click on the column header or row header of the first column or row you want to select.
  2. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding the Shift key, click on the column header or row header of the last column or row you want to select. For example, if you want to select columns A through Z, click on the Z column header.
  4. Release the Shift key.

All the columns or rows you selected will be highlighted in blue.

You can use the same technique to quickly select non-adjacent columns or rows.

How to Quickly Select an Entire Column or Row Using the Name Box

If you know the name of the column or row you want to select, you can use the Name box to quickly select it:

  1. Click on the Name box in the upper-left corner of the spreadsheet (between the row headers and the column headers).
  2. Type the name of the column or row you want to select, then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

For example, if you want to select column A, type A in the Name box and press Enter. Or if you want to select row 1, type 1 in the Name box and press Enter.

All the columns or rows you selected will be highlighted in blue.

How to Quickly Select an Entire Column or Row Using the Go To Command

If you know the cell address of the first cell in the column or row you want to select, you can use the Go To command to quickly select it:

  1. Click on the Home tab.
  2. In the Editing group, click on the Find & Select button.
  3. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on the Go To option.
  4. A dialog box will appear. In the Reference field, type the cell address of the first cell in the column or row you want to select. For example, if you want to select column A, type A1 in the Reference field.
  5. Click on the OK button.

All the columns or rows you selected will be highlighted in blue.

How to Quickly Select an Entire Column or Row Using the Name Manager

If you're using Excel 2013 or later, you can use the Name Manager to quickly select an entire column or row:

  1. Click on the Formulas tab.
  2. In the Defined Names group, click on the Name Manager button.
  3. A dialog box will appear. Click on the name of the column or row you want to select.
  4. Click on the Edit button.
  5. A dialog box will appear. In the Refers to field, type the cell address of the first cell in the column or row you want to select. For example, if you want to select column A, type A1 in the Refers to field.
  6. Click on the OK button.
  7. Click on the Close button.

All the columns or rows you selected will be highlighted in blue.

How to Quickly Select an Entire Column or Row Using a Macro

If you're comfortable using macros, you can use the following macro to quickly select an entire column or row:

Sub Select_Column()

'Selects the entire column

Columns(ActiveCell.Column).Select

End Sub

To use the macro, position the cursor in the column you want to select, then run the macro. The entire column will be selected.

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