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How to use shortcut keys to insert or delete row/column/tab in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-04-21

In daily Excel working, to insert or delete a row or a column or a sheet tab is usually used. But actually, you can easily use shortcut keys to quickly insert or delete row/column/tab as you need in Excel.

Shortcuts to insert or delete row/column

Shortcuts to insert or delete worksheet

Shortcuts to delete cell contents


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To insert row or column by shortcut keys

Select an entire row/column that you want to add a row/column above or left of it, and then press Ctrl + + keys, then a new blank row/column added above/left of your selected row/column.

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If your keyboard has no Keypad, you can press Shift + Ctrl + + keys to insert rows or columns.

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Tip: If you want to add several rows/columns at once time, for example, insert five rows/columns,, select entire five rows/columns by clicking Ctrl key first, then press Ctrl + + keys or Shift + Ctrl + + keys, then new blank five rows/columns are inserted.

To delete row or column by shortcut keys

Select the entire row/column you want to delete, if you want to delete several rows/columns at once time, press Ctrl key to select them, then press Ctrl + - keys delete.

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To insert a new blank worksheet tab

Hold Shift key then press F11 key, then a new blank worksheet is inserted in the front of the active worksheet.

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To delete worksheet tab

In Excel 2003, you can select the worksheet tabs you want to delete (if you want to delete multiple worksheets in a workbook, hold the Ctrl key and select them one by oney), then press ALT + E + L keys to delete them.

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In Excel 2007/2010, you can select worksheet tabs you want to delete (if you want to delete multiple worksheets in a workbook, hold the key and select them one by one), and press ALT + H + D + S keys.

Note: Please hold the Alt key, and then press the H key, D key, and S key one by one.

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To delete cell contents, you just need to select the cells you want to delete, and then press Delete key on the keyboard.

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I want to add row below of selected cell
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Great training and information in small doses. I love shortcuts in MS word, excel, access. They make work more fun.
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Thanks...useful information
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Thank you! I tried to find a shortcut for inserting new rows years ago, and this is the first time I've found the answer: highlight the row, and press Shift plus Ctrl plus +
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Great useful shortcuts.. thanks for shearing
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