If you are new to Excel, you may think that it is purely a spreadsheet application to help us store and calculate numbers. You would be right, but even storing and calculating numbers involves text to explain what the numbers refer to.

Not only that but, in my experience, Excel isn’t just for numbers! I use it for all sorts of lists, such as reminder lists and address lists. So, understanding how to add both text and numbers is fundamental – and easy.

This is how it’s done.

Adding Text

Figure 1- Add text to the worksheet

  • Click on the cell
  • Type the text
  • Press Enter
  1. The text will align to the left of the cell.

Adding Numbers

Figure 2 – Add numbers to the worksheet
Click on the cell

Type the number (s)

Press Enter

The text will align to the right of the cell.

Adding Dates

  1. Click on the cell
  2. Type the date – this must be in one of the following formats: e.g. 01/01/2020 or 1 January 2020 or 1 Jan 2020 (Excel will not recognise it as a date if you enter 01.01.2020 or 01 01 2020)
  3. Press Enter
  4. The text will align to the right of the cell.

Moving Around a Spreadsheet using the Keyboard

Keyboard Characters

What this does

Up one cell

Down one cell

Left one cell

Right one cell

Control →

Goes to the far right of a column

Control ←

Goes to the far left of a column

Home

Goes to Column A of the row you are in

Control + Home

Goes to cell A1 no matter where you are

Control + End

Moves to the bottom right of the area you have typed

Page Up

Moves the active cell up one screen

Page Down

Moves the active cell down one screen

Cursor Shapes (Mouse Shapes)


Figure 3 – Mouse cursor shapes

Once you’ve entered your text, numbers and dates in Excel, you might like to use the formatting tools to make the data easier to read and perhaps more attractive. Why not take a look at some of our other blogs to see what else you can do. Excel is such a versatile and useful tool.

To learn more about Microsoft Excel and how you can speed up routine tasks, take a look at my Microsoft Excel Courses, Essential Excel Skills for Business – Windows or Essential Excel Skills for Business – the Mac Version

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