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Basic Data Entry in Excel

Review different means for entering numbers and text in Excel

Review different means for entering numbers and text in Excel.

Excel attempts to replicate patterns based on data entry - Based on the series of keystrokes, Excel can predict that two columns of data are being entered

  • Use the “Enter/Return” key to confirm data entered in a cell, and shift the active cell selection one row down
  • Use the “Tab” key to confirm data entered in a cell, and shift the active cell selection one column to the right
  • Using these two commands in combination (data, TAB, data, ENTER/RETURN), allows Excel to detect the pattern and move the Active Cell cursor appropriately

Data can be copied and pasted from one cell to another

Copy  

  • HOME >> Clipboard group >> Copy
  • Right click >> Copy o CTRL + C  
  • CMD + C (for MAC)

Paste

  • HOME >> Clipboard group >> Paste
  • Right click >> Paste
  • CTRL + V  
  • CMD + V (for MAC) 

These data entry techniques are covered in depth in our hands-on Excel training in NYC.