Tab key

Excel Shortcut: Tab key
Excel Shortcut: Tab key (US keyboard layout)

What's this keyborad shortcut to do?

  • Moves one cell to the right in a worksheet.
  • Moves between unlocked cells in a protected worksheet.
  • Enter and move right.
  • Move to next ribbon control.
  • Moves to the next option or option group in a dialog.
  • Accept function with autocomplete.


  • Shift+Tab moves to the previous cell in a worksheet or the previous option in a dialog.
  • Ctrl+Tab switches to the next tab in a dialog, or (if no dialog is open) switches to the previous open Excel instance.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab switches to the previous tab in a dialog, or (if no dialog is open) switches to the next open Excel instance.
Windows shortcut
Mac shortcut

Why You Should be Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Efficiency: Many users find that using keyboard shortcuts for Excel helps them work more efficiently. In other words, using keyboard shortcuts could save you a lot of time, it's easier and gets your job done faster.
  2. Multitasking: Be a master at multitasking when needed. For example, when you are coding, writing reports or doing some research, it's common to end up juggling dozens of open tabs at once. Knowing the right shortcuts allows you to easily find the tab you need in less than a second.
  3. Health benefits: Cutting down on your mouse usage by using keyboard shortcuts can help reduce the risks of RSI (Repetitive Syndrome Injury). By alternating mouse and keyboard usage you can reduce the risks of R.S.I. and reduce the fatigue your wrists and fingers.
  4. Complementarity: You can combine the advantages of using the keyboard with those of using the mouse.
  5. Precision: When you have a job that requires precision it is advisable that you use the keyboard.

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