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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. For editing a cell with long content that exceeds the cell size, you need to get into the editing mode, and then find the accurate position to make the change. This tutorial introduces three methods, which can help to edit cell easily in Excel.

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.

View and edit a long content cell easily in Excel:

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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)
'Update by Extendoffice 20190809
    SendKeys "{F2}"
End Sub

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.

Edit a long content cell easily with an awesome feature

Here we introduce the Enhanced Edit Bar feature of Kutools for Excel. With this feature, you can edit a cell with long content easily without double clicking the cell.

Before applying the below operation, please go to download and install Kutools for Excel firstly.

1. Enable this feature by clicking Kutools > Show & HideEnhanced Edit Bar.

From now on, when selecting a cell, a window will pop up to display the whole content of it.

Directly editing the content in the window will simultaneously take effect to the cell.

Tip: Click Kutools > Enhanced Edit Bar to turn off the feature.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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    Andy · 2 years 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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      crystal · 2 years ago
      Hi Andy,
      Sorry can't help you with that.
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    Genaro · 2 years 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 · 3 years ago
    2 thumbs up