How to quickly select non-adjacent cells or ranges in Excel?

Sometimes you may need to format or delete some non-adjacent cells or ranges, and work will be easier if you can select these non-adjacent cells or ranges together firstly. And this article is going to brings you some tricky ways to select non-adjacent cells or ranges quickly.

Select non-adjacent cells or ranges with hotkeys

Select non-adjacent cells or ranges with Go To feature

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arrow blue right bubble Quickly select non-adjacent cells or ranges with keyboards


1. With Ctrl key

Just press and hold down the Ctrl key, and you can select multiple non-adjacent cells or ranges with mouse clicking or dragging in active worksheet.

2. With Shift + F8 keys

This does not require holding down keys during selection. Press the Shift + F8 keys firstly, and then you can easily select multiple non-adjacent cells or ranges in active worksheet.


arrow blue right bubble Quickly select non-adjacent cells or ranges with Go To command

The Microsoft Excel's Go to command can help you select non-adjacent cells or ranges quickly with following steps:

1. Click the Home > Find & Select > Go to (or press the F5 key).

2. In the Go To dialog box, enter the cell/range positions in the Reference box, and click lick the OK button.

And then all corresponding cells or ranges will be selected in the workbook. See screenshot:

Note: This method requires user to figure out the cells or ranges position before selecting them.


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If you have Kutools for Excel, its Select Range Helper tool can help you select multiple non-adjacent cells or ranges in the whole workbook easily.

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1. Click the Kutools > Select > Select Range Helper….

2. In the Select Range Helper dialog box, check the Union Selection option, next select multiple ranges as you need in the whole workbook, and then click the Close button. See screenshot:

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