Tag Archives: Function Keys

F12 – It is for the things that matter

Why is F12 for the things that matter?  Because it basically performs one crucial action: SAVE. F12 alone – Save as (Alt+F2 does the same) Ctrl+F12 – Save as (same as F12 alone) Shift+F12 – Save (Ctrl+S does the same … Continue reading

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F11 – it is for coding

F11 key should be the most-hit key for those who use Marco or VBA a lot in Excel.  If you use F11 but do not work with VBA at all, then you must have inserted new (blank / chart) sheet very … Continue reading

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F10 – It is for showing the tips

Out of the following combinations for F10, I find one of them really useful.  Wanna guess which one? Let’s take a quick look at what F10 does: F10 alone – Shows the shortcut key for the commands on the Ribbon … Continue reading

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F9 – it is for giving you “correct” answers

When you think your Excel is not calculating… Stay Calm and Press F9. I have to admit that I did not know about “Manual Calculation” mode in Excel long long time ago.  I still remember how stupid I was when … Continue reading

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F8 – It is for selecting range(s) of cells

In the introductory post of Function Keys, I used F8 as an example to illustrate the situation when we thought we know English but cannot comprehend a sentence. F8: Turns extend mode on or off. In extend mode, Extended Selection appears in the … Continue reading

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F7 – It is about word

If you do not spell very well and your boss pays attention to spelling, please make sure you  press F7 before sending your Excel reports.  Otherwise, your boss may challenge your spelling instead of your analysis. 🙂 F7 key is … Continue reading

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F6 – It is for those who do not like Mickey…

If you never work with mouse for your Excel work, I believe your are a true master in using F6. If you use both mouse and keyboard like most people do,  you may probably know little about F6. However if one … Continue reading

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F5 – It is the key I rarely press

The working combinations for F5. F5 alone – Open the Go To Dialog box Ctrl+F5 – restore the window size of the selected workbook Shift+F5 – Open Find (and Replace) Alt+F5 – Refresh Pivot Table Ctrl+Alt+F5 – Refresh All Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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F4 -It is my buddy!

Two years ago, I wrote two posts about using F4. How to switch between Absolute and Relative reference? F4 Another use of F4 – Repeat LAST action Honestly, these were the only two ways I know about F4 by that time.  Now … Continue reading

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F3 – It is about Naming…

F3 key can be used with the following combinations: Ctrl+Shift+F3 – Create Names from Selection Ctrl+F3 – Open Name Manager F3 alone – Paste Name Shift+F3 – Open Insert Function dialog box As you see, F3 is mainly used for … Continue reading

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F2 – It is about inputting and editing… what? Please elaborate!

Among the F1-F12 keys, I use F2 most often.  Why? Because it helps me edit cell contents quickly.  On the other hand, F2 is extremely  helpful when I try to edit cell reference in chart or revising reference in Name manager. … Continue reading

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F1 – A must-know key if you are a self-learner!

This is the first post of the Function Keys series.  Why F1 is the must-know key for self-learner? Because it takes you to Excel Help! 🙂 Literally, the F1 key serves the following in Excel: F1 alone – Open “Need … Continue reading

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What the Function keys do in Excel?

F1  F2  F3  F4  F5  F6  F7  F8  F9  F10  F11  F12 F1 to F12 are always sitting on the keyboard quietly.  How often do you use them? In the era of Google, you may find what you need by simply … Continue reading

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