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Mac shortcut 
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Pressing the escape key while editing a cell aborts the operation and leaves the cell in it's original state.

Related videos

The videos below demonstrate this shortcut.
This video shows how to stop Excel from changing cell references when you want an exact copy of a formula in a different cell.
In this video, we'll introduce Pivot Charts. Unlike normal charts, Pivot charts can be used to plot data with hundreds or thousands of rows.
A row or column of numbers plotted in a chart is called a "data series". In this video, we'll look at how data series work in Excel charts.
In this video, we'll look at how to count the unique values returned by the UNIQUE function, together with other functions like FILTER and COUNTA.
In this video, we’ll look at how to perform a random sort with the SORTBY function, with help from the RANDARRAY function.