Deselect Cells in Excel

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So far, Excel had no option to deselect the cells or a range from the selected range of cells. So, no one could deselect any cells or a range of cells from their selection.

But now Excel has introduced the feature to deselect the cells or a range of selected cells from your current selection. As of this blog writing, this new feature is only available for PC and Mac Office 365 subscribers and Excel 2019.

We have some below captured quick and easy steps for you to deselect and select the cells in Excel

Deselect Cells in Excel

After adding the deselecting cells feature in Excel, it becomes easy to deselect the cells you do not require within your current selection.

  • First, press and hold the “Control” key from the keyboard.
  • After that, click on the cells within your current selection that you want to deselect from the selection.
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In the above example image, we have held the Control key and clicked on the cells B1, B3, and B7 to deselect those columns from the current selection(A1-I15).

You can see after the selection that selected columns get unselected.

Deselect the Entire Columns in Excel

  • First, press and hold the “Control” key from the keyboard.
  • After that, click on the column header and drag to the entire column to deselect that column from your current selection.
deselect-entire-column

In the above example image, we have held the Control key and clicked on the column header (Category), and dragged the entire column to D15 and we did the same for the column header (Area) to deselect those two entire columns (D & F) from the current selection (A1-I15).

Select Cells or Ranges in Excel

There is no change in selecting the cells or range of cells in Excel. The process of selecting the cells is the same and shown below:

  • For contiguous cells, select the cell from where you want to create your selection and
  • After that, press and hold the “Shift” button from the keyboard and then click on the other cell up to which you want to create a selection
  • Or select the cell from where you want to create your selection and then drag it up to the cell to which you want to create a selection.
select-contiguous-cells

In the above example image, we have first clicked on cell A1 and held the Shift key, and then directly clicked on cell I15 to create a selection from (A1-I15).

  • For non-contiguous cells, press and hold the Control key and then select the cells or ranges you want as your selection.
select-non-contiguous-cells

In the above example image, we have held the Control key and selected the non-contiguous cell ranges.