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Activating the Formula Bar with the Keyboard in Excel

To activate the formula bar with the keyboard in Excel, press the Ctrl key and the F2 key at the same time. This shortcut will work in all versions of Excel.

If you want to enter a formula into a cell, the first thing you need to do is activate the formula bar. The formula bar is where you type in your formulas. To activate the formula bar with the keyboard, press the Ctrl key and the F2 key at the same time. This shortcut will work in all versions of Excel.

Once the formula bar is activated, you can start typing your formula. Remember to start your formula with an equal sign (=). For example, if you want to add up the values in cells A1 and A2, you would type the following formula into the formula bar:

=A1+A2

Once you've typed in your formula, press Enter to calculate the result. The result will appear in the cell where you entered the formula.

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