How to Select a Range of Cells in Microsoft Excel

In Brief...

To select a range of cells in Microsoft Excel, just follow these three steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Click on a cell in one of the corners of the range of cells you wish to select.
    Selected Cell

  2. Hold the left mouse button down and drag horizontally and vertically until the range you wish to select is highlighted.
    Selected Range

  3. Release the click.

You can select all the cells in a row by clicking on the number to the left of the row.
Number to Left of Row

You can select all the cells in a column by clicking on the letter at the top of the column.
Letter at Top of Column

Any formatting changes you make will be applied to all highlighted cells.

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