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Solved: How do I select and copy combined column in Excel sheet effectively


I have an Excel sheet with lot of rows. I like to combine column A and column B in column C. Usually, I will click the lower corner in C2 and drag it all the way to the bottom to copy the same formula I have apply in C2 to the rest. Is there an effective method to quickly select from C3 all the way to the bottom of column C?


This assumes there are no blank cells in your B column until the end of the data. Here’s the basic idea:

Step 1: Enter the formula into C2 as you normally would.

Step 2: Select C2 and copy it (CTRL+C).

Step 3: Click on C3.

Step 4: Press and hold SHIFT-CTRL.

Step 5: Press LEFT-ARROW to extend the selection to be C3 and B3 now.

Step 6: Press END to extend selection of both columns B and C to the bottom of the data.

Step 7: Release just the CTRL key.

Step 8: Press the RIGHT-ARROW to collapse the selection to just the C column, from C3 to the bottom of the data.

Step 9: Release the SHIFT key.

Step 10: Paste (CTRL-V).

Note: Try this on a small test worksheet with maybe 30 rows of data to allow you to see everything happening and let you practice the keystrokes.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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