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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 add a secondary axis to chart. A secondary axis allows you to data with a different scale in the same chart.
In this video, we'll look at how to create a stacked column chart. In a stacked column chart, data series are displayed as vertical columns, stacked one on top of the other.
In this video we show you how to format numbers as fractions.
In this video, we'll look at how to plot average daylight hours per month in a chart, using sunrise and sunset data.
In this video we show you how cell borders work in Excel and how to control which parts of a selection have borders.

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