Use an external keyboard with Excel for iPad

Using an external keyboard with your iPad allows you to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts you’re familiar with if you are also using Excel on a Mac or Windows computer. For example, on your Windows computer, to paste text into an Office workbook, you’d press CONTROL + V, but on the iPad, you’d press Apple Cmd Symbol + V. The shortcuts listed in this article are the only ones that will work in this version of Excel.

Navigating the worksheet

To Press
Move one cell to the right TAB
Move one cell up, down, left, or right ARROW KEYS

Working with cells

To Press
Moves to the cell to the right TAB
Move within cell text ARROW KEYS
Copy Apple Cmd Symbol + C
Paste Apple Cmd Symbol + V
Cut Apple Cmd Symbol + X
Undo Apple Cmd Symbol + Z
Redo Apple Cmd Symbol + Y or Apple Cmd Symbol + SHIFT + Z
Bold Apple Cmd Symbol + B
Italic Apple Cmd Symbol + I
Underline Apple Cmd Symbol + U
Select all Apple Cmd Symbol + A
Select a range of cells SHIFT + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW
Insert a line break within a cell ALT + RETURN
Move cursor to the beginning of the current line within a cell Apple Cmd Symbol + LEFT ARROW
Move cursor to the end of the current line within a cell Apple Cmd Symbol + RIGHT ARROW
Move cursor to the beginning of the current cell Apple Cmd Symbol + UP ARROW
Move cursor to the end of the current cell Apple Cmd Symbol + DOWN ARROW
Within a cell that contains a line break, move cursor up by one paragraph OPTION + UP ARROW
Within a cell that contains a line break, move cursor down by one paragraph OPTION + DOWN ARROW
Move cursor right by one word OPTION + RIGHT ARROW
Move cursor left by one word OPTION + LEFT ARROW

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Applies to:
Excel for iPad