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TinaTMLA Level 1 (0 points)

Is there a shortcut to delete the contents of multiple cells at one time in EXCEL

MacBook Pro
  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)

    I don't know, but I'd take a guess that you highlight by clicking and dragging as if you would select a group of pics you'd like to delete or copy in your "finder" then hit the delete key?

  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)

    if the cells are not side by side and scattered all over the spreadsheet, hold down the command key with one hand, then press on the bottom of the pad with your thumb and navigate with the rest of your fingers to select the other cells, then after that hit the delete key... maybe, just trying to help and take a break from work at the office

  • TinaTMLA Level 1 (0 points)

    Highlighting the cells is not an issue. Pressing the delete key only delets the contents from one cell.

  • TinaTMLA Level 1 (0 points)

    I am new to the macbook pro and appreciate your trying to help...this is so frustrating as this action is so simple on a pc. I am able to highlight many cells at the same time...either next to each other or in random places - it just seems impossible to hit a "delete" key or combo of keys to delete the contents of all the cells at the same time - it doesn't make sense! I am sure I am missing something!

  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)

    Oh, I see.  I am new too.  I don't have my Mac with me now so I can't check for myself (I am at work). I want to try it now when I get home as you have piqued my interest!!!   Are you keeping the command key pressed down at the same time as you press the delete key?  Or maybe you have a basic keyboard?  Do you have the separate number keypad at the side?  My guess is bring it in to the Genius Bar at any store if no one else can help.

  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)

    found this on another thread



    Plesase post Excel related questions on Microsoft's own forums for their Mac software.  Apple Communities only provide support for Apple products:



  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)

    i just got home and tried it.  I found out how to delete cells next to each other - just highlight, go to top menu, edit and then clear.  Something is better than nothing

  • expressright Level 1 (0 points)

    In order to delete content of multiple cells in excel, the keyboard shortcut is: Select the cell where you wish content to be deleted, Then, press the "fn" key,  hold and then press the "delete" key.  

  • sim0nky Level 1 (0 points)

    THANKS!!!, u make my day, **** excel!!

  • grobbins Level 1 (0 points)

    Since no one seems to have mentioned a one-key solution here yet (instead of the 2-key "Fn + Delete" option) I'll suggest the following which is working well for me:

    1. Install "KeyRemap4MacBook." This shows up in your menu bar as a square.

    2. Click its box, select "Preferences,"

    3. Search for "backslash delete" (or something appropriate) and check the "Backslash(\) to Forward Delete (if no other modifiers are pressed)"

    4. Now the assigned key will remove all contents (not formatting) from any selected cells in Excel



    * If you opt to use your backslash key for this purpose, it's situtated perfectly right under the "delete" key.

    * You can still access a real backslash ("\") by holding down "Fn" first

    * You now have a forward delete key for use across ALL your other apps, solving a lot of other problems.


    Good luck,


  • SkippyTheWonderLizard Level 1 (5 points)

    Wonderful! I had the same problem with MS Office (Excel) Mac 2008.


    Pressing the delete key would only clear the contents of one cell of a selected range. This fixes that problem.

  • SkippyTheWonderLizard Level 1 (5 points)



    While you may be correct as a matter of Apple orthodoxy, as a member of the MS Office for Mac forum, I can tell you that you are more likely to find an answer to these types of obscure problems here rather than on the Microsoft fora.


    This very question was posted in the Microsoft Community:

  cel/2d7223cc-f168-47b5-8d87-730464c3227c?msgId=fa5faf94-95ed-470f-bfb1-b6ecfe790 ce7


    and no one knew the answer. I myself have been disappointed with the help available over there.

  • Christine Altieri Level 1 (105 points)

    Thanks for the link Skippy


    I most likely have misconstrued everything on the link you provided, plus the fact that I quickly skimmed most of it on my lunch break.  I just tried it on Microsoft Excel using a "mouse" and it's very easy to point and click separate cells and then proceed to hit the delete key - it works fine - however, I realize now I should've worded it all differently,


    "How do you select multiple cells in Excel using just a laptop pad (the little square thing below the space bar - I don't know the right name)?"  as we know using a mouse and keyboard we hold down the control key and select the cells with our mouse, but how do we hold down anything with a laptop pad?


    I am at work now and cannot go back to try again - but I think I have a good question!!!  or I can just purchase a wireless mouse!!!!

  • another1_99 Level 1 (0 points)

    Use function key + delete.



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