Microsoft Excel Using Ranges - Microsoft Excel

How to Use Ranges in Excel 2010?

Ranges in MS Excel

A cell is a single element. In a worksheet it can hold a value, text or a formula. A cell is identified by address, it consists of a column letter and row number.

Example: cell B1 is the cell in the second column and the first row.

A group of cells is called a range. A range address is designated by specifying its upper-left cell address and its lower-right cell address, separated by a colon.

Example of Ranges :

  • C24 : A range that consists of a single cell.
  • A1:B1 : Two cells that occupy one row and two columns.
  • A1:A100 : 100 cells in column A.
  • A1:D4 : 16 cells (four rows by four columns).

Selecting Ranges

The range can be selected in number of ways:

  • Press the left mouse button and drag, highlighting the range. Then release the mouse button. If you drag to the end of the screen, the worksheet will scroll.
  • Press the Shift key while you use the navigation keys to select a range.
  • Press F8 and then move the cell pointer with the navigation keys to highlight the range. Press F8 again to return the navigation keys to normal movement.
  • Type the cell or range address into the Name box and press Enter. Excel selects the cell or range specified by us.

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Selecting Complete Rows and Columns

To select an entire row or column, select entire rows and columns in the same manner as the ranges are selected:

  • Click the row or column border to select a single row or column.
  • To select multiple adjacent rows or columns, click a row or column border and drag to highlight additional rows or columns.
  • To select multiple (nonadjacent) rows or columns, press Ctrl while you click the row or column borders needed.

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