If you think Ctrl+A does merely Select All, then you are likely not using it frequently. Let’s me take you through how to boost your efficiency working with Excel with Ctrl+A under different situations.
1) Select whole worksheet – The basic one
Select any stand-alone cell (immediate surrounding cells are all empty in content), and then press Ctrl+A ==> All cells on the active worksheet (except objects) are selected
2) Select a continuous Range – Equivalent to Ctrl+*
Select any cell that is part of a continuous range, press Ctrl+A to select the continuous range (current region). Pressing Ctrl+A again will then select whole worksheet.
Note: If you are working with Excel Table, Ctrl+A will select all data but header (unless your active cell is on the header); Press Ctrl+A again will select the whole Excel Table including header; Press Ctrl+A again to select whole worksheet.
3) Open Function Arguments dialogue box – Good for beginner in writing formula
4) Select All Objects on a worksheet – A magical one
The trick is to select any object on the worksheet first, then Ctrl+A would select ALL objects on the worksheet. With this, you can say goodbye to Go to Special–>Objects.
5) Select all cells in FIND result – A practical one
When you find something with Find and Replace (Ctrl+F to open the Find and Replace dialogue box), you may want to highlight all cells found. To do this, just select any one of the results found, and then Ctrl+A would select all results (and cells) found. See screenshot below. Once all cells selected, you may apply a Fill color to highlight them.
Here’s an example demonstrating a practical use of the trick. Quickly delete/hide records (rows) with Strike-through format by using Find and a couple of simple techniques Isn’t it nice?
Do you have any other tricks of using Ctrl+A? Please share in comment.
6) F2, Ctrl+A to go to formula bar directly.
I just learn this trick from Excelisfun channel. Check it out here: