Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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If you want to delete a row or column, right-click the row or column head and then, on
the shortcut menu that appears, click Delete. You can temporarily hide rows or columns
by selecting those rows or columns and then, on the Home tab, in the Cells group, clicking
the Format button, pointing to Hide & Unhide, and then clicking either Hide Rows or Hide
Columns. The rows or columns you selected disappear, but they aren’t gone for good, as
they would be if you’d used Delete. Instead, they have just been removed from the display
until you call them back. To return the hidden rows to the display, select the row or column
headers on either side of the hidden rows or columns. Then, on the Home tab, in the Cells
group, click the Format button, point to Hide & Unhide, and then click either Unhide Rows
or Unhide Columns.
Important If you hide the first row or column in a worksheet, you must click the Select All
button in the upper-left corner of the worksheet (above the first row header and to the left
of the first column header) or press Ctrl+A to select the entire worksheet. Then, on the Home
tab, in the Cells group, click Format, point to Hide & Unhide, and then click either Unhide
Rows or Unhide Columns to make the hidden data visible again.
Just as you can insert rows or columns, you can insert individual cells into a worksheet. To
insert a cell, click the cell that is currently in the position where you want the new cell to
appear. On the Home tab, in the Cells group, in the Insert list, click Insert Cells to display
the Insert dialog box. In the Insert dialog box, you can choose whether to shift the cells
surrounding the inserted cell down (if your data is arranged as a column) or to the right (if
your data is arranged as a row). When you click OK, the new cell appears, and the contents
of affected cells shift down or to the right, as appropriate. In a similar vein, if you want
to delete a block of cells, select the cells, and on the Home tab, in the Cells group, in the
Delete list, click Delete Cells to display the Delete dialog box—complete with options that
enable you to choose how to shift the position of the cells around the deleted cells.
Tip The Insert dialog box also includes options you can click to insert a new row or column;
the Delete dialog box has similar options for deleting an entire row or column.
If you want to move the data in a group of cells to another location in your worksheet,
select the cells you want to move and use the mouse pointer to point to the selection’s
border. When the pointer changes to a four-pointed arrow, you can drag the selected cells
to the desired location on the worksheet. If the destination cells contain data, Excel displays
a dialog box asking whether you want to overwrite the destination cells’ contents. If you
want to replace the existing values, click OK. If you don’t want to overwrite the existing
values, click Cancel and insert the required number of cells to accommodate the data
you want to move.
In this exercise, you’ll insert a column and row into a worksheet, specify insert options,
hide a column, insert a cell into a worksheet, delete a cell from a worksheet, and move a
group of cells within the worksheet.
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