How to skip cells or columns when tabbing in Excel?
By default, pressing the Tab key in Excel will move from a cell to the next one horizontally. For some Excel users, they tend to skip cells when tabbing in Excel. For example, cell A1 is selecting now, after pressing the Tab key, it will jump to cell C1 directly with skipping the cell B1, and pressing the Tab key again will skip the cell D1 and move to E1 as below screenshot shown. How to achieve it? The method in this article can help you.
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Please do as follows to skip cells or columns when tabbing in Excel by using VBA code.
1. In the worksheet you need to skip cells when tabbing, please right click the sheet tab, and click View Code from the context menu.
2. In the opening Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the below VBA code into the Code window.
VBA code: Skip cells or columns when tabbing in Excel
Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range) Static sRg As Range Dim ColumnOffset As Integer If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub If Not Intersect(Target, Union([B:B], [D:D], [F:F])) Is Nothing Then With Target Application.EnableEvents = False If Not sRg Is Nothing Then If sRg.Column < .Column Then ColumnOffset = 1 ElseIf .Column <> 1 Then ColumnOffset = -1 End If Else ColumnOffset = 1 End If .Offset(, ColumnOffset).Select Application.EnableEvents = True End With End If Set sRg = ActiveCell End Sub
Note: In the code, [B:B], [D:D], [F:F] are columns you will skip when pressing the Tab key. You can change them as you need, and you can add new column you need to skip into the code.
3. Press the Alt + Q keys to exit the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
From now on, when tabbing in Excel, the specified column cells will be skipped automatically. At the same time, you can only click these specified columns, the skipped columns will not be selected or edited.
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- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 months agoit's ok - i've replied to your email in gmail.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 months agoHi, this definitely only works on the first two columns of spreadsheet (i.e B:B and D: D), it won't work on the third (i.e H:H) or any subsequent - it must be a limitation? Any way around it? - I have excel 2016
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 months agoHi Steve,
I have tested the code in Excel 2016, and it works. Do you mind attaching a copy of your data file? Sorry for the inconvenience.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 months agosure, if you can give me an email address to send it to? mine is itginternet AT gmail . com.
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 6 months agoThe code only works on the first 2 rows in the spreadsheet - Once I wrap around to the 3rd row then the designated "Skip" cells are no longer skipped - So close on this please advise. Been looking for this code forever - Thanks
- To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 3 months agoHi Lonnie Nagel,
I try the code and it works on the whole worksheet. Which Excel version are you using?