Microsoft Excel – Excel Online keyboard shortcuts


This article describes keyboard shortcuts for Excel Online.


  • These shortcuts refer to the U.S. keyboard layout. Keys on other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a U.S. keyboard.
  • If a shortcut requires pressing two or more keys at the same time, this topic separates the keys with a plus sign (+). If you have to press one key immediately after another, the keys are separated by a comma (,).

Quick tips for using keyboard shortcuts with Excel Online

  • Excel Online runs in your web browser so the keyboard shortcuts are different than those in the Excel desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 to move to regions in the app.You can use common browser shortcuts like F1 and Ctrl+
  • You can find any command quickly by pressing Alt+Win+Q to jump to Tell Me, In Tell Me, you can just type a word or the name of a command you want (available only in Editing view). Tell Me searches for related options, and provides a list. Use the Up and Down arrows to select a command, and then press Enter.
  • To jump to a particular cell in a workbook, use the Go To command: press Ctrl+G, type the cell reference (such as B14), and then press Enter.

Frequently used shortcuts

These are the most frequently used shortcuts for Excel Online.

To do this Press
Go to a specific cell Ctrl+G
Move down Page down or Down Arrow
Move up Page up or Up Arrow
Print Ctrl+P
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste Ctrl+V
Cut Ctrl+X
Undo Ctrl+Z
Close workbook Ctrl+W
Find Ctrl+F
Bold Ctrl+B
Open context menu
  • Windows keyboard: Windows context key+F10. The Windows context key is between the Left Alt key and the Left Ctrl key
  • Other keyboard: Shift+F10
Tell me Alt+Q
Find Ctrl+F or Shift+F3
Repeat Find, downward Shift+F4
Repeat Find, upward Ctrl+Shift+F4
Insert chart Alt+F1

Access keys: Shortcuts for using the ribbon

Excel Online now offers access keys, keyboard shortcuts to navigate the ribbon. If you’ve used access keys to save time on Excel for desktop computers, you’ll find access keys very similar in Excel Online.

In Excel 2016 for Windows, access keys start with the Alt key. In Excel Online, access keys all start with Alt+Win, then add a letter for the ribbon tab. For example, to go to the Review tab, press Alt+Win+R.

ExcelOnline ribbon showing Home tab and KeyTips on all tabs

  • To get to the ribbon, press Alt+Win, or press Ctrl+F6 until you reach the Home tab
  • To move between tabs on the ribbon, press the Tab key.
  • To hide the ribbon so you have more room to work, press Ctrl+F1. Repeat to display the ribbon again.
Go to the access keys for the ribbon

To go directly to a tab on the Ribbon, press one of the following access keys:

To do this Press
Open the Tell Me box on the ribbon and type a search term. Alt+Win, Q
Open the File tab and use the Backstage view Alt+Win, F
Open the Home tab and format text and numbers, or use other tools such as Find. Alt+Win, H
Open the Insert tab and insert a function, table, chart, hyperlink, or comment. Alt+Win, N
Open the Data tab and refresh connections or use data tools. Alt+Win, A
Open the Review tab and use the Accessibility Checker or work with comments. Alt+Win, R
Open the View tab to choose a view, freeze rows or columns in your worksheet, or show gridlines and headers Alt+Win, W
Work in the ribbon tabs and menus

The shortcuts in this table can save time when you work with the ribbon tabs and ribbon menus

To do this Press
Select the active tab of the Ribbon, and activate the access keys. Alt +Win. To move to a different tab, use an access keys or the Tab key.
Move the focus to commands on the Ribbon. Enter, then Tab or Shift+Tab
Activate a selected button. Spacebar or Enter
Open the list for a selected command Spacebar or Enter
Open the menu for a selected button. Alt + Down Arrow
When a menu or submenu is open, move to the next command. Esc

Shortcuts for Excel Online commands in Editing view

If a spreadsheet opens in Excel Online Reading view, editing commands won’t work. To switch to Edit view, move the focus out of the worksheet by pressing Ctrl+F6, and then tab to the Edit Workbook list. Press Spacebar, press the Down Arrow key, and then select Edit in Excel Online.

Excel Online commands: Edit cells
To do this Press
Cut Ctrl+X
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste Ctrl+V
Undo Ctrl+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y
Start a new line in the same cell Alt+Enter
Insert hyperlink Ctrl+K
Insert Table Ctrl+L
Insert function Shift+F3
Increase font size Ctrl+Shift+>
Decrease font size Ctrl+Shift+<
Excel Online commands: Enter data
To do this Press
Complete cell entry and select the cell below Enter
Complete cell entry and select the cell above Shift+Enter
Complete cell entry and select the next cell in the row Tab
Complete cell entry and select the previous cell in the row Shift+Tab
Cancel cell entry Esc
Excel Online commands: Edit data within a cell
To do this Press
Edit selected cell F2
Clear selected cell Delete
Clear selected cell and start editing Backspace
Go to beginning of cell line Home
Go to end of cell line End
Select right by character Shift+Right Arrow
Select to beginning of cell data Shift+Home
Select to end of cell data Shift+End
Select left by character Shift+Left Arrow
Extend selection to the last nonblank cell in the same column or row as the active cell, or if the next cell is blank, to the next nonblank cell. Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow
Excel Online commands: Format cells
To do this Press
Bold Ctrl+B
Italics Ctrl+I
Underline Ctrl+U
Paste formatting Shift+Ctrl+V

Excel Online commands: Move and scroll within worksheets
To do this Press
Up one cell Up Arrow, or Shift+Enter
Down one cell Down Arrow, or Enter
Move right one cell Right Arrow, or Tab
Go to the beginning of the row Home
Go to cell A1 Ctrl+Home
Go to the last cell of used range Ctrl+End
Move down one screen (28 rows) Page Down
Move up one screen (28 rows) Page Up
Move to the edge of the current data region Ctrl+Right Arrow or Ctrl+Left Arrow
Move between ribbon and workbook content Ctrl+F6
Move to a different ribbon tab Tab.

Press Enter to go to the ribbon for that tab.

Insert new sheet Shift+F11
Switch to next sheet Alt+Control+Page Down
Switch to previous sheet Alt+Control+Page Up
Excel Online commands: Work with objects
To do this Press
Open menu/Drill down Alt+Down Arrow
Drill up Alt+Up Arrow
Follow hyperlink Ctrl+Enter
Open Comment pane while editing Shift+F2
Excel Online commands: Select cells, rows and columns, and objects
To do this Press
Select a range of cells Shift+Arrow keys
Select an entire column Ctrl+SPACE
Select a entire row Shift+SPACE
Extend selection to the last nonblank cell in the same column or row as the active cell, or if the next cell is blank, to the next nonblank cell. Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow
Excel Online commands: Move within a selected range
To do this Press
From top to bottom (or forward through selection) Enter
From bottom to top (or back through selection) Shift+Enter
Forward through a row (or down through a single-column selection) Tab
Back through a row (or up through a single-column selection) Shift+Tab
Excel Online commands: Calculate data
To do this Press
Calculate workbook (refresh) F9
Full calculate Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F9
Refresh external data Alt+F5
Refresh all external data Ctrl+Alt+F5
Auto Sum Alt+Equals (=)