Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Going to the Corners of a Selected Range.

Going to the Corners of a Selected Range

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated May 31, 2024)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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David noted that Quattro Pro used to have a feature where you could depress the period key when you had a range highlighted and it would take you the four corners of the range in clockwise order as a way to check that you had the entire range you wanted. He wonders if Excel has something similar.

You are in luck, David; there is a shortcut built into Excel that will do this very thing. Interestingly enough, it is very close to the same shortcut key used in Quattro Pro. All you need to do, after you have the range selected, is hold down the Ctrl key as you press the period. Excel moves you through the outside corners of the range, in order.

Further, you can move from the upper-left corner of the selection to the lower-right corner by pressing Shift+Tab once. To move back (from bottom-right to upper-left), just press the Tab key once.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10446) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Going to the Corners of a Selected Range.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is one more than 7?

2019-11-01 07:36:39

Gandhi, Shreepad

Thanks.
Didn't know this. Liked this tip. Very handy.
Good day


2019-10-29 10:52:39

Glenn

THANK YOU! I've been wanting to get this capability back for years and had given up on it. I tried it and it's so great to have it back! I could have sworn F6 used to do this but it hasn't worked in years. Ditto to David's comment, I had already added this as a bookmark in my Excel Resources folder when I read his comment. :)


2019-10-28 15:28:24

Preston

Love this tip! Thanks, Allen!


2019-10-26 17:06:18

David Gray

This tip is hugely useful, so much so that it earned a bookmark.


2019-10-26 07:53:34

Alex B

I keep forgetting the key combinations for these, great to have this reminder.
To select the Data area in the first place, from any cell within the data area Ctrl+* or Ctrl+Shift+8, alternatively Ctrl+a
This is also useful when trying to explain "Current Region" to someone.
(Ctrl+a twice selects the whole sheet as does Ctrl+a when outside the data area)


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