Changing moving direction of the cell pointer after entering data

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After setting up Excel tables, many users copy existing tables and simply fill or correct them day after day, month after month. Someone prefers to fill in the tables from top to bottom, and others – from right to left, and someone who is used to writing from right to left and prefers to fill tables also from left to right:
Table from top to bottom in Excel 365
Table from left to right in Excel 365

To make it easier and faster to move between rows and columns in Excel, you can customize how the cursor moves after pressing the Enter key.

Excel automatically moves the cell pointer to the next cell down when you press the Enter key after entering data into a cell, but you can change this behavior to move it up, down, left, right, and even stay on.

To change this setting, do the following:

   1.   On the File tab, click the Options button:

Excel 365 Options

   2.   On the Advanced tab, in the Editing options group, choose the value for the After pressing Enter, move selection list:

Advanced options in Excel 365

Your choice depends entirely on personal preference. Someone prefers to keep this option turned off.

See also this tip in French: Comment changer la direction de déplacement du pointeur de cellule après avoir entré des données.

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