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Format (almost) anything

Windows shortcut 
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Mac shortcut 
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This shortcut is the gateway to many formatting options, even when the ribbon is collapsed.

When regular cells are selected, it displays the Format Cells dialog box with the "last tab used" selected. This is a very fast way to access font controls, borders and fills, alignment options, and number formats from anywhere in Excel. When you're working with a chart, the same shortcut will open various formatting dialogs, depending on what you have selected. For example, if you have the chart area selected, it will open the Format Chart Area dialog. If you have data bars selected, it will open the Format Data Series dialog. And so on. You can also use this shortcut when working with shapes and smart art.

Related videos

The videos below demonstrate this shortcut.
In this video, we'll look at how to create a two-way summary with dynamic array formulas. The result is a summary table that's very similar to a pivot table.
In this video, we'll look at how to create a 100% stacked column chart, which shows the proportional breakdown of multiple data series in stacked columns.
In this lesson, we cover shortcuts you can use to format cells and other objects.
In this video we explain what number formats are and how they are used in Excel.
In this video, we'll look at how to use conditional formatting to highlight rows and columns associated with exact match lookups.

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