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Mac shortcut 
Esc

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.
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 show you how to duplicate data that's already entered in a worksheet.
In this video, we'll look at a few ways to see or visualize arrays in a formula. One of the best things about the new dynamic array formula engine in Excel is that it's much easier to see and visualize arrays.
In this video, we'll look at some ways you can apply font formatting to an Excel chart.
In this video we'll look how to use the XLOOKUP function with Boolean logic to apply multiple criteria.

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