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Searching by Columns by Default in Excel

If you're like most people, you probably search for data in Excel by pressing the Ctrl+F key combination to open the Find and Replace dialog box. Then, you enter the value or text you're looking for in the Find what text box, and click the Find All button. Excel displays all of the cells that contain your search criteria in the worksheet, and you can scroll through them to find the one you want.

But what if there were an easier way to search for data in Excel? What if you could search by columns instead of by rows?

Well, there is an easier way, and it's called column searching. Column searching is a feature in Excel that lets you search for data by columns instead of by rows. To use column searching, simply press the Ctrl+Shift+F key combination. This opens the Find and Replace dialog box with the Search by Columns option selected.

Now, when you enter your search criteria in the Find what text box and click the Find All button, Excel will display all of the cells that contain your search criteria in the worksheet, but it will display them in columns instead of rows. This makes it much easier to find the data you're looking for.

Column searching is a great way to quickly find data in large worksheets. Give it a try the next time you need to search for data in Excel.

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