How to stay in the same cell after pressing the Enter key in Excel?

Normally, when you finish the content in a cell and press Enter key, the cursor will be moved to the next cell by default. But, sometimes, you just need stay in the same cell after pressing the Enter key. This article, I will introduce you some quick tricks to solve this job in Excel.

Stay in the same cell after pressing the Enter key with Excel Options

Stay in the same cell after pressing the Enter key with Shortcut Keys


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In Excel, you can go to the Excel Options to set the option for changing the direction of the cursor after pressing the Enter key, please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options to go the Excel Options dialog.

2. In the Excel Options dialog box, click Advanced from the left pane, and in the right list box, under the Editing options section, uncheck After pressing Enter, move selection, see screenshot:

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3. And then click OK button, from now on, when you enter the content into a cell and press Enter key, the input cell is still selected but not move.


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In Excel, you can also use shortcut keys to solve this task.

After entering the content, please press Ctrl + Enter keys together instead of just Enter key, and you can see the entered cell is still selected.


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    Jim · 1 years ago
    Does not do anything useful - I want return to act as a return and start a new line within the cell - this "solution" simply removes the pre-existing text if you start to type again
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      Tim Martens · 8 months ago
      Alt+Enter starts a new line in the cell
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    Mark Watson · 1 years ago
    Can you use these options specifically just for one particular worksheet or range of cells? i want normally to move down on pressing ENTER but in a range of cells want to move right!