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Insert columns

Windows shortcut 
CtrlShift+
Mac shortcut 
+

This shortcut will insert columns as long as at least one column is selected.

  • With a laptop keyboard, use Control Shift +.
  • With a full keyboard, use Control +

Note: In Mac 2016, this shortcut was changed to Command Shift +, and now Control + I changes text to italic. In previous Mac Excel versions, Control + I inserts a row (when a row is selected) or brings up the Insert Cells dialog when the selection does not include an entire row.

Related videos

The videos below demonstrate this shortcut.
In this lesson, we cover shortcuts you can use to insert or delete cells, rows, and columns.