How to select used cells and range in Excel quickly?
This article focuses on how to select used cells with content and select used ranges in active worksheet quickly in Microsoft Excel.
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Sometimes you may want to find out and select all used cells with content in active worksheet, but not blank cells. You can do it with following steps:
Step 1: Click Home > Find & Select > Find to open the Find and Replace dialog box. You can also open this Find and Replace dialog box with pressing the Ctrl + F keys together.
Step 2: In the Find What: box, enter the * symbol, and click the Find All button.
Step 3: Now there are numerous searching results are listed at the bottom of this dialog box. Press the Ctrl + A keys to select all searching results.
Now all cells with content in active worksheet are selected at once. See the following screenshot:
You can select used ranges in active worksheet with shortcut keyboards quickly. Just select the first Cell A1 in active worksheet, and press the Ctrl + Shift + End keys together, then it will select the used range at once.
VB macro can help you select used cells and ranges in active worksheet quickly too.
Step 1: Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
Step 2: Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window.
Sub SelectActualUsedRange() Dim FirstCell As Range, LastCell As Range Set LastCell = Cells(Cells.Find(What:="*", SearchOrder:=xlRows, _ SearchDirection:=xlPrevious, LookIn:=xlValues).Row, _ Cells.Find(What:="*", SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, _ SearchDirection:=xlPrevious, LookIn:=xlValues).Column) Set FirstCell = Cells(Cells.Find(What:="*", After:=LastCell, SearchOrder:=xlRows, _ SearchDirection:=xlNext, LookIn:=xlValues).Row, _ Cells.Find(What:="*", After:=LastCell, SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, _ SearchDirection:=xlNext, LookIn:=xlValues).Column) Range(FirstCell, LastCell).Select End Sub
Step 3: Press the F5 key to run this macro. Then it selects used range in active worksheet immediately.
If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can quickly select all non-blank cells in the active worksheet with one click.
1. Click at the top left hand corner triangle to select the whole worksheet(or you can press Ctrl + A keys to select whole worksheet), see screenshot:
2. Click Kutools > Select > Select Nonblank Cells. See screenshot:
Now a dialog pops out to remine you the number of selected non-blank cells, and at the same time, all the non-empty cells are selected.