How to Select All of the Cells in an Excel 2010 Spreadsheet

Last updated: January 12, 2017

When you need to make changes that affect multiple cells in Excel, the best way to do so is typically to use your mouse to select all of the cells that you want to modify. But if you need to make a change that affects every cell in your spreadsheet, that is not always the fastest way to select all of the cells. This is especially true when you are working with very large spreadsheets.

But there is a helpful button on an Excel spreadsheet that can help you to select all of the cells in your worksheet very quickly. Out short tutorial below will show you where to find this button.

 

How to Select All in Excel – Quickly Select All Cells in Excel 2010

The steps in this article are going to show you how to select every cell in your spreadsheet. Once all of the cells are selected, you can universally apply changes, such as clearing formatting from the worksheet, or copying all of your data so that it can be pasted into a different spreadsheet. If you need to select all of the worksheets in a workbook, instead of all the cells in a worksheet, then you can continue to the next section.

 

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2010.

 

Step 2: Click the button at the top-left corner of the spreadsheet, between the 1 and the A.

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You can also select all of the cells in your spreadsheet by clicking on one of the cells in the spreadsheet, then pressing the Ctrl + A keys on your keyboard.

 

How to Select All in Excel 2010 – How to Select All of the Worksheets in a Workbook

While the above method provides two options for selecting all of the cells in Excel, you might find that you need to select all of the worksheets in a workbook instead. This is helpful when you have a workbook with a lot of different sheets, and you need to make a change that will apply to all of them. Selecting all of the sheets allows you to do perform that change one time, instead of individually for each sheet.

Step 1: Locate the worksheet tabs at the bottom of the window.

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Step 2: Right-click on one of the worksheet tabs, then click the Select All Sheets option.

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