Techniques to Paste Values in Excel

Lose the formulas and keep the values

Sometimes in Excel you need to paste just the values from copied cells. You don’t want the formulas. You may have created temporary formulas that you need to replace with their values. You may need to capture the current values, make some changes and then compare the new values with their old values to see the difference.

Excel Data and Formula Entry Tips

Speeding up data entry

There are number of shortcuts you can use to speed up your data and formula entry in Excel.

Number keypad

Use the number keypad on the right of the keyboard. This has all the numbers, as well as most of the formula operators (+  * –  /), you need to create formulas. It also has a large Enter key. The numbers are laid out like a calculator and so are easy to use.

Excel Alt key shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts rule

The ALT key (there’s one on either side of your Spacebar) has some really useful shortcuts. See if they can save you some time and effort. These can be handy if, like me, you sometimes struggle with your laptop’s built-in mouse controller and you don’t have your external mouse handy. And remember most keyboard shortcuts work in all versions of Excel.