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Definition: Active Cell

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What is an active cell?

When using a spreadsheet (or a general 2-dimensional table), the selected, highlighted, or clicked-upon cell is called the active cell.

What can you do with it?

In an active cell, you can:

  • Enter text
  • Apply a function
  • Write an expression
  • Merge it with multiple other cells
  • Edit content
  • Format content

How do you select an active cell?

You can select one active cell by pointing your cursor on it and clicking it. As soon as you click a particular cell, it is highlighted. It is possible to select multiple active cells by clicking on one cell and then dragging the cursor across adjacent cells.

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