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Selecting Text Only

Friday, February 23rd, 2007 by | Filed Under: MS Excel, MS Office Help

Selecting Text Only

Ever wish for an easy way to select just the text in your MS Excel worksheet?

Let’s say, maybe you need to change the formatting of all of it, but only the text and none of the data.

Or, maybe you are looking to select only the data, so you can delete it all at once.

Whatever your need, you are obviously looking to make some quick cell selections of multiple ranges, based on the type of information in the cell.

Interested in a way to complete the selection without a bunch of Shift, Ctrl and clicking?

Yep, me too, so let’s get right to business.

Obviously, you have to be in Excel with your workbook open.

Now, we need the Edit menu, Go To choice (Ctrl + G).

At this point, click the Special button.

In the Go To Special window, you need to select Constants.

This will also activate the four choices (Numbers, Text, Logicals and Errors) below the Formulas choice.

Be sure to uncheck any type of constant you don’t want highlighted. (So, if you want to select all the text, select only the Text choice).

Click OK.

Voila! You are returned to your worksheet where you’ll find all the indicated information selected throughout.

That sure beats the whole Shift/Ctrl highlighting by hand thing, doesn’t it?!

~ April

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