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Activate a Cell

To enter information into a cell, you must activate it. That means moving the cell pointer to the cell in which you want to enter a label, value, or formula.

There are lots of ways to move the cell pointer, but rather than bombard you with a lot of unnecessary options, I’ll tell you the two ways I use most.

Point and click:

  1. Move the mouse pointer, which looks like a cross, over the cell you want to activate.
  2. Press the mouse button once. The cell pointer moves to the cell you pointed to.

Use the arrow keys:

On the keyboard, press the arrow key corresponding to the direction you want the cell pointer to move.

For example, in this illustration, if I wanted to move the cell pointer from cell C8 to cell D6...

...I’d press the right arrow key once...

...and the up arrow key twice.

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