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Maintaining the Active Cell in Excel

When working in Microsoft Excel, it is important to know how to maintain the active cell. The active cell is the cell that is currently selected in the worksheet. This cell is where data entry and editing will take place. To select a cell, simply click on it with the mouse. The active cell will be highlighted with a dark border.

There are a few things to keep in mind when working with the active cell:

  • The active cell can be moved using the arrow keys on the keyboard. Simply press the arrow key in the direction you want to move.
  • The active cell can also be moved using the mouse. To do this, click on the cell you want to make active.
  • You can also select multiple cells by holding down the Shift key while selecting additional cells with the mouse or arrow keys.
  • If you want to select an entire row or column, click on the row or column header. For example, to select column A, click on the letter A at the top of the column.

Once you have selected the cells you want to work with, there are a few things you can do:

  • Enter data: Simply start typing in the active cell. The data will be entered into all selected cells.
  • Edit data: To edit data in a cell, double-click on the cell or press F2. This will open up the formula bar where you can make changes.
  • Copy and paste: You can copy and paste data within a worksheet or between worksheets. To copy data, select it and press Ctrl+C. To paste data, select where you want it pasted and press Ctrl+V.
  • Formatting: You can format cells by selecting them and then choosing from the various formatting options under the Home tab.

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