Cell Basics

In Excel cell function and references are helpful to better understand Excel spreadsheets. Use Excel cell reference functions as well.

To copy and paste cell content:

  1. Select the cells you want to copy.
  2. Click the Copy command. The border of the selected cells will change appearance.
    Copying selected cells Copying selected cells
  3. Select the cell or cells where you want to paste the content.
  4. Click the Paste command. The copied content will be entered into the highlighted cells.
    Pasting selected cells Pasting selected cells

To cut and paste cell content:

  1. Select the cells you want to cut.
  2. Click the Cut command. The border of the selected cells will change appearance.
    Cutting selected cells Cutting selected cells
  3. Select the cells where you want to paste the content.
  4. Click the Paste command. The cut content will be removed from the original cells and entered into the highlighted cells.
    Pasting selected cells Pasting selected cells

To access more paste options:

There are more Paste options you can access from the drop-down menu on the Paste command. These options may be convenient to advanced users who are working with cells that contain formulas or formatting.

Accessing Paste Options Accessing Paste Options

To access formatting commands by right-clicking:

  1. Select the cells you want to format.
  2. Right-click the selected cells. A dialog box will appear where you can easily access many commands on the Ribbon.
    Right-clicking a selected cell Right-clicking a selected cell