How To Insert New Column In Excel Using Keyboard

In this tutorial, learn the different keyboard shortcut methods to insert a new column in Microsoft Excel sheet. You can add the new column using only the keyboard of your computer or laptop.

You don’t need to use the mouse button to add your columns. There are various shortcuts given here which are fastest to use. So, let’s start learning these methods.

Method 1: Menu Key To Insert New Column in Excel

To insert the new column in the selected place in the excel sheet. You have to use the keyboard “≣ Menu” key and follow the below-given steps.

Step 1: Press keyboard Menu key
The menu key of the keyboard is located as given in the image below. The menu key contains the three line in the symbol. You have to press this key to get the menu options for new column insertion.

insert new column menu key

Step 2: Select “Insert” in the menu options using the arrow key
There are various options given on the menu when you press the menu key. You have to select only the single “Insert” option to get the next option for insertion.

Select Insert

Step 3: Select “Entire column” using arrow key or press c
After you click the insert option in the menu. You will get the next window contains the 4 options. On these options, you have to select “Entire column” option.

If you want the more fastest process, you can directly press the keyboard “c” button. This will select the above option to use and insert the column.

Select Entire column

Step 4: Finally, press Enter key
The final step is to press the “Enter” key given in the keyboard. This will add a new column to the left side of the selected column.

Method 2: (CTRL SHIFT =) Key For New Column in Excel

This is the 3 step process to insert the new column in Microsoft Excel sheet. Follow the below-given steps to add a new column.

First of all, visit the cell where you want to insert the new column to the left side.

Step 1: Press keyboard shortcut “CTRL SHIFT =”
You have to press the shortcut key of keyboard given in the image below. This shortcut will open a window where there are 4 different options.

press keyboard shortcut CTRL SHIFT =

Step 2: Select “Entire column” using arrow key or press c
Out of the 4 options, you have to select the option “Entire column” using the arrow key. In addition to this, you can also select the option using the “c” button of the keyboard. This will directly select the desired option in the given window.

Select Entire column to add new column in excel sheet

Step 3: Finally, press Enter key
In the final step, you have to press the “Enter” key of your keyboard. A new column automatically inserted to the left side of the selected cell.

Method 3: (CTRL SPACE) Key To Select Column and Add in Excel

To select the entire column of your Microsoft excel sheet. Many users like to use the mouse and its buttons to select the entire column

But, what is the keyboard shortcut to select the entire column?

Well, the answer is that you have to go to the cell for which you want to select the entire column. After that, press the combination of keyboard shortcut “CTRL SPACE”. This will select the entire column for the selected cell.

This is the simple 2 step process you can check below.

Step 1: Press keyboard shortcut “CTRL SPACE”
You have to first go to the cell on which you want to insert the column to the left. After that, press the keyboard shortcut “CTRL SPACE”. The shortcut will select the entire column of the selected cell. Now, follow step 2 to add a new column to the left of the selected cell.

Press keyboard shortcut CTRL SPACE to insert new column

Step 2: Now, Press keyboard shortcut “CTRL SHIFT =”
The final step is to press the keyboard shortcut “CTRL SHIFT =”. This will add the new column immediately on pressing of the shortcut key. You can press this key as many times as you times. Each time you press the key, a new column gets added to the left of the selected cell.

press keyboard shortcut CTRL SHIFT =

The last method is the fastest and quickest method to insert a new cell in the excel sheet.

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