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Very useful tipps for using double-click in excel.

Adjust column widths by selecting multiple columns and double clicking on the separators

This is my favorite. You can use the same trick to adjust row heights too. Double-click in the corner, just above scroll-bar to include a split

How to add a split to excel worksheet?

It is surprising that very few people know about split and freeze panes feature in excel. I have often seen colleagues struggling to freeze top row of a large workbook or include a split so that they can see 2 different things at a time.

You can also create a vertical split by clicking on the little bar shape next to horizontal scroll-bar near bottom right corner of the excel window.

(If you are wondering where the split would be created, it will be created at selected cell’s row (or column))

Auto-fill a series of cells with data or formulas by just double clicking

I have saved countless minutes ever since I learned this little trick. Lets say you have a table where in one column you have some data and in the next you have written a formula in the first row. Now how would you copy the formula and paste it in all cells in that column?

Copy the formula (ctrl+c), select all cells, paste the formula.

Well, no more. Just select the formula in first cell, double click in the bottom right corner and see the magic.

The trick works for formulas, auto-fills (of numbers, dates, what not) as long as the adjacent column has data.

Jump to last row / column in table with double-click

Just select any cell in the table and double click on the cell-border in the direction you want to go.

Lock a particular feature and reuse them with double-click

You can lock any repeatable feature (like format painter, drawing connectors, shapes etc.) by just double clicking on the icon (in Excel 2007 this works for format painter, but for drawing shapes you need to right click and select lock drawing mode). This can save you a ton of time when you need to repeat same action several times.

One click stock quotes with Alt+click

To get stock quotes in excel, enter a company stock symbol in the cell, alt+click on it to launch research pane.



blog/excel_double-click_tricks.txt · Last modified: 2009/06/14 08:57 by brb