Top three reasons to use hot keys and shortcuts in Excel

Top three reasons to use hot keys and shortcuts in Excel

Keyboard shortcuts and hot keys are the easiest way to do things faster. However, with the wide variety of software it’s hard to remember all the different shortcuts. Even though we all know they are useful, few of us bother using them. keySkillset is happy to provide the best solution on the market to build a muscle memory for hot keys and shortcuts in Excel.

Once you learn shortcuts and hot keys, you’ll definitely notice a boost to productivity and efficiency. It happens because you’re not reaching for a mouse, which saves you precious seconds that grow to hours in months.

Here are the reasons to encourage you to start using shortcut and hot keys extensively.

1.Efficiency with shortcuts in Excel

You can increase your productivity and accomplish more tasks by using the keyboard instead of mouse. In other words, it’s easier and gets your job done faster. Take for example the task of selecting the large table in Excel. You can do that by simply pressing Ctrl+A. Doing that with the mouse requires pressing the left mouse button and dragging it across the whole table.

Example: Shortcut for auto sum Alt + ‘=’ takes 0.03 seconds compare to 3.7 seconds for the “SUM” function. If you use Excel extensively, you’d use autosum 20 times a day, plus using 60 similar speed tricks a day would save you an hour a day. Which ends up being a month a year!


When you have a job that requires precision in Excel, it is advisable that you use the keyboard. In this case it is more accurate to handle it through shortcuts.

3.Health issues

Extensive mouse usage is associated with RSI (Repetitive Syndrome Injury) much more often than the keyboard usage. By alternating mouse and keyboard usage you can reduce the risks of RSI.

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