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How to type in or edit cell without double clicking it in Excel?

Usually, when editing a cell with content, you need to double click it to get into the editing mode at first. But if there is a long list and every cell content needs to be edited, what can you do? You can try the following methods in this article.

Type in or edit cell with pressing the F2 key

Type in or edit cell with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Type in or edit cell with pressing the F2 key


You can press the F2 key to get into the editing mode of a cell without double clicking it.

It is easy to operate, you just need to select the cell you want to edit and press the F2 key, and the cursor will be located at the end of the cell value, then you can edit the cell immediately.

Note: You need to press the F2 key repeatedly for editing all cells in a list.


arrow blue right bubble Type in or edit cell with VBA code

If pressing F2 key is also time-consuming for you, you can try the following VBA method.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please double click the sheet name (cells you need to edit locating in this worksheet) in the left bar to open the code window. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the window.

VBA code: type in or edit cell without double clicking it

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
    SendKeys "{F2}"
End Su

3. Press Alt + Q keys simultaneously to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

From now on, when selecting a cell or pressing the Enter key to move to the next cell in this worksheet, it will get into the editing mode automatically.


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    Andy · 8 months ago
    Great. Any way to set it up in VGA so that I can select a column or large column of data and just run it? - entering and exiting the cells until complete? Random request but I've been sent a data source and excel isn't detecting the dates in the cells until you have been in and out of the cell. I am a newbie, so any help is appreciated.
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    Genaro · 9 months ago
    This is very helpful! Is there a way to apply the sendkeys F2 to only 1 cell in the worksheet? I don't need every cell that I click to go into edit mode, I only need one to do it.
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    Rene · 1 years ago
    2 thumbs up