Before we get started, take out a small screwdriver or key and pop off the F1, Scroll Lock, and Insert keys from your keyboard and store them in a safe place. You should never need them again, and you won’t be a modeling bad-ass until you perform this critical step.
There are many Excel keyboard shortcuts, but we focus here only on those you might actually use regularly. In some cases there is more than one shortcut for a given action or command.
While there are several shortcuts that can be used to apply number formats, these default formats are rarely suitable for use in professional-looking financial models. Therefore, you won’t find a discussion of these shortcuts here. You may want to install a third-party macro (or build your own) to create shortcuts for the custom number formats you require, if your employer has not already installed such a macro on your work computer.
Each shortcut is assigned a "utility", which represents the shortcut’s time-saving potential and expected frequency of use on a scale of 1 to 5.