How To Jump to the Last Cell in a Selected Range

Learn how to select the last cell in a range of selected cells in this video. This is a great technique to use when pasting over existing data. Also get a sample page from my eBook on Navigating Excel with the Keyboard.

Have you ever pasted a long list of data, and then wondered if you completely pasted over the existing data?

In the following video I explain how to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+. (period) to quickly answer this question.  It's one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts because it can save you from having to scroll hundreds or thousands of rows with the mouse.

Paste Data Over Existing Data

Note: The Ctrl+. shortcut also works on the Mac version of Excel.


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More Videos Like This – Video Series

Navigate Excel with the Keyboard Video Course

This video is part of a 6-part video series on “How to Navigate Excel with the Keyboard”.  This series is an introduction to basic keyboard shortcuts that will help you:

  • Quickly select cells and ranges to save time with copy/paste or entering formulas.
  • Navigate through the worksheets in the workbook.
  • Learn shortcuts for the Excel ribbon (toolbar) to quickly perform commands you use the most.

eBook – The Companion to the Video Series

Navigate Excel with the Keyboard eBook

I have also written an eBook on this topic with detailed step-by-step tutorials.  The book also explains “why” it is so important to learn keyboard shortcuts in Excel.  Using a combination of the keyboard and mouse can help you work very efficiently in Excel.

The key to learning keyboard shortcuts is to take your time and practice.  You can't expect to memorize shortcut keys overnight, and this book gives you a good understanding of the basics.

A Page from the Book

Here is a sample page from the book that explains another shortcut to add or delete rows.  This is another shortcut that will save you a lot of time.

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  • Hey John, excellent tip & video! When you’re working with hundreds or thousands of rows, controlling the location of the active cell in a selection is huge. Like you say, it can save *a lot* of scrolling.

  • I do love this shortcut and use it all the time, although I’m not sure I would use it in the situation that was illustrated.

    If you want to make sure all of your old data is gone, why not delete everything out of that worksheet first, so you have a clean worksheet on which to paste the new data?

  • Hey Jon,

    apparently there was a change in Office 2013. When I use the shortcut, Excel returns the current date in the first cell of the selected range.

    Do you know what the new shortcut is now?

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