Mouse Pointers Matter

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Very different things happen depending on which mouse pointer is displaying in Excel, so it’s helpful to be aware of what the most frequently seen pointers are. Review the table below and contact My Reno Computer Tutor for your personalized explanation.

selecct  Select:
Click and drag in any direction to select (highlight) a range of cells
 

Selected cells

Selected cells

move Move:
Visible when mouse is positioned on the thick black border of a selected cell (or range). Click and drag the mouse to move the contents of the cell(s).
 

Move pointer - Moving selected cells

Move pointer – Moving selected cells

 fill Fill:
Visible when mouse is positioned over the bottom right corner of a selected cell(s). Click and drag to ‘fill’ the adjacent cells.
 

Fill handle - Filling cells

Fill handle – Filling cells

 text Text:
Visible when cell is in edit mode or you’re pointing at the formula bar. Click and drag selects contents of cell.
 

Text pointer - Editing a cell

Text pointer – Editing a cell

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