Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Selecting Cells Down and Across the Worksheet
Figure 2–2. Selecting cells. Start by dragging (left screenshot) and when you’ve selected them all, release the
mouse (right screenshot).
Note that the cell pointer—the thick black border—has expanded to include all the
selected cells, which have turned temporarily blue (with the exception of A6, the first cell
we’ve selected. (Why A6 hasn’t changed color will be discussed a bit later in more
detail, but the blank cell represents the cell in which the data will go when you start to
type. It’s the blue color that tells you that these are the cells you’ve selected. Now you
can go ahead and reformat the cells, or copy or print them (of course you’d want to put
data in them first!)
Now of course you’re eventually going to have to turn off the selection area in order to
go ahead and do something else. To stop the selection process and banish the blue
from your screen, just click your mouse, or press any arrow key.
Selecting Cells Down and Across the Worksheet
And when we select cells, we’re not restricted to cells in one column. Once we’ve
started to select we can keep that left mouse button down and drag to the right (or left,
if we have room in that direction, or even up) as well, and select cells in additional
columns:
 
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