In Excel, a cell is activated when it is ready to receive input. The active cell is highlighted in a different color than the other cells on the worksheet. You can activate a cell in Excel in a few different ways.
How to Activate a Cell in Excel
1. Click on the cell
The most common way to activate a cell is to simply click on it. When you click on a cell, it becomes the active cell and the formula bar displays the contents of the cell.
2. Use the arrow keys
You can also activate a cell by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. To do this, simply press the arrow key that corresponds to the cell you want to activate. For example, to activate the cell to the right of the active cell, press the right arrow key.
3. Use the Tab key
The Tab key can also be used to activate a cell. To do this, simply press the Tab key until the cell you want to activate is highlighted.
4. Use the Go To command
If you know the address of the cell you want to activate, you can use the Go To command to do so. To do this, click on the “Home” tab and then click on the “Go To” button in the Editing group. In the Go To dialog box, enter the address of the cell you want to activate and then click on the “OK” button.
5. Use VBA code
You can also activate a cell using VBA code. To do this, you will need to use the Activate method. For example, the following code will activate the cell with the address A1:
Which method should you use?
The method you use to activate a cell in Excel depends on your personal preference and the situation. If you are simply activating a cell to enter data, then clicking on the cell is the easiest way to do it. If you are activating a cell to perform a specific task, then using the arrow keys, Tab key, or Go To command may be more efficient. And if you are automating tasks in Excel using VBA code, then you will need to use the Activate method.
Here are some additional tips for activating cells in Excel:
* If you want to activate a cell that is not visible on the screen, you can use the scroll bars to scroll to the cell.
* If you want to activate a range of cells, you can select the range of cells before activating it.
* You can activate multiple cells by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking on the cells you want to activate.
* You can deactivate the active cell by clicking on any other cell.