Shortcut to select an entire Excel column

How to select an entire Excel column with data all the way down from the top the end?

Use a keyboard shortcut to select an entire Excel column with data. This Excel shortcut works with a table and will stop at the last line of the table. It also works with data that is not inside a table. It will detect the filled lines and stop at the first empty line of the selected column.

How to select an entire column in Excel with a shortcut?

Excel shortcuts save a lot of time and also limit cell manipulation errors. Especially when editing Excel tables with thousands of rows. The Excel shortcut to select a column from the current cell to the last cell is as follows:

CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW

Two steps are needed to select a full column of data in Excel:

  1. Select the first cell of the column, usually in the line. Or you may skip the header is need be.
  2. Use the CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW shortcut to select the entire column.
Shortcut to select an entire Excel column
Shortcut to select an entire Excel column

After the selection, the data can be copied in a new column or any other software to manipulate or analyse the data. On the other hand, the CONTROL + DOWN ARROW shortcut only allows you to move down the current cell to the last cell. That is to say only one cell.

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Note that this tip applies to a list or a table or simply a column with data. If the data in the column or table is not contiguous, then repeat the operation till you reach the last cell filled with data.

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