Google Sheets: The few shortcuts you absolutely need
Perhaps you have already met that guy who could do – almost – anything in Excel without even brushing the trackpad.
Unfortunately, in Google Sheets it is more complicated to reach such a level of efficiency.
But don’t close your spreadsheet yet! There are still tons of shortcuts you can use that will get you into a productive workflow. While you can find the full list here, I will only give you the indispensable ones.
That said, I have no idea why Google Sheets developers make us juggle between Ctrl, ⌘, ⌥ and ⇧, but it doesn’t provide an easy way to remember the combinations. However it doesn’t take that long before the combinations become reflexes.
In a side note: These shortcuts apply to US keyboards, however I show you how to make the translation into your own keyboard
One gold rule when it comes to navigating into a sheet is: leave the scrollbars alone!
With a few key combinations you will save yourself all the hassle to move your mouse cursor to the scrollbar… and trust me that is a life saver.
|Go to first / last row||⌘+↑ / ⌘+↓||Home|
|Go to first / last column||⌘+← / ⌘+→||End|
|Select until first / last row:||⌘+⇧+↑ / ⌘+⇧+↓||⇧+Home|
|Select until first / last column||⌘+⇧+← / ⌘+⇧+→||⇧+End|
|Select Full table||⌘+A||Ctrl+A|
|Select whole row||⇧+Space||⇧+Space|
|Select whole column||Ctrl+Space||Ctrl+Space|
Adding and removing rows or columns is an operation that we generally apply a lot of times. using shortcuts for that is a no-brainer.
|– Display a small Insert menu attached to a cell selected|
– Insert row if all rows is selected
– Insert column if all columns are selected
|Same operations but for “remove” operations||⌘+⌥+–||Ctrl+Alt+⇧+–|
Adding a $ sign to the references can be a painful task without knowing the right screenshot
|edit the active cell’s formula||↩||↩|
|Lock reference in a formula||Fn+F4||F4|
|Copy the displayed value of a cell||Ctrl+⇧+C||Ctrl+⇧+C|
Unfortunately, Google has not adapted its shortcuts for outside of the United States.
To adapt to your own keys, just map your own keyboard with the US layout: