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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.
Setting up a running total in an Excel table is a bit tricky because it's not obvious how to use structured references. This video explores some options.
In this video, we'll answer the question: What is an array formula? The term "array formula" is probably responsible for more confusion than just about any other concept in Excel.
In this brief video, we look at how to debug a formula using the F9 key. If you work with formulas a lot, this is one of the most useful skills you can learn.
In this video, we'll look at how to apply number formats to a chart using special codes.

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