Moving, Copying, and Deleting Cell Contents

Basic formatting in Excel can customize the look and feel of your Excel spreadsheet. Learn how to move, copy, and delete Excel cells here.

Cut and Paste cell contents

The Cut feature allows you to remove information from cells in the spreadsheet. Information that is cut can be pasted into another cell, as long as the pasting occurs before you perform another operation. If you don't paste the cut information immediately, it is removed from the Clipboard.

To Cut and Paste:

  • Select a cell or cells to be cut.
  • Click the Cut Cut button button on the Standard toolbar.
  • The information in the cell is deleted.
  • The border of the cut cell(s) take on the appearance of marching ants.
  • Click the cell where you want to place the duplicated information. The cell will be highlighted. If you want to paste the contents into more than one cell, click the first cell where you want to place the duplicated information.

    Paste Cut Cells
  • Press the Enter key. Your information is pasted to the new location.

You do not have to paste information that has been cut. You can use Cut to delete information from a cell.