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Selecting a Range of Cells Relative to the Current Cell in Excel

When working with data in Microsoft Excel, there are often times when you need to select a range of cells relative to the current cell. For example, you may want to select all cells in a column that are adjacent to the cell you are currently working in. Or, you may want to select a range of cells in a row that are above or below the cell you are currently working in.

There are a few different ways that you can select a range of cells relative to the current cell in Excel. One way is to use the mouse to click and drag over the desired range of cells. Another way is to use the keyboard shortcuts "Shift + Arrow keys" to select a range of cells. Or, you can use the "Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keys" shortcut to select non-adjacent cells.

If you want to select an entire column or row that contains the cell you are currently working in, you can simply click on the column or row header. For example, if you want to select an entire column of data, you would click on the letter at the top of the column (e.g., A, B, C). Or, if you want to select an entire row of data, you would click on the number at the left side of the row (e.g., 1, 2, 3).

Once you have selected the desired range of cells, you can then perform various actions on those cells. For example, you can enter data into those cells, delete data from those cells, or format those cells. To enter data into a selected range of cells, simply start typing in the first cell of the selection. The data you type will then be entered into all selected cells.

To delete data from a selected range of cells, press the "Delete" key on your keyboard. This will delete all data from the selected cells. Be careful when using this shortcut key as it cannot be undone!

Finally, to format a selected range of cells, right-click on any one of the selected cells and choose "Format Cells" from the menu that appears. This will open up the Format Cells dialog box where you can choose various formatting options for your selected cells.

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