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Solved: Excel 2010 unable highlight mutliple words & toolbar problems

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by HobbesandCalvin, Jan 27, 2012.

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  1. HobbesandCalvin

    HobbesandCalvin Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I know this is probably an easy question, but I've searched repeatedly on the web and I can't find advice there or in the forums because I'm missing some kind of terminology.

    I want to be able to highlight multiple words in Excel and see the home toolbar open every time I open a spreadsheet.
    Longer explanation:
    I'm using Microsoft Vista 2007 with Excel 2010. I use Excel to make quite a few spread sheets to study for school, and I often have to selectively highlight multiple certain words by hitting ctrl and holding ctrl while highlighting the words. Next I would underline all of the highlighted words. About a month ago it was working fine.
    Suddenly out of the blue whenever I try to highlight multiple words by holding ctrl in Excel it won't work. Also, previously when working in excel 2010 the top menu bar would stay on home toolbar with all the option listed, meaning I could keep tinkering with the font uninterrupted. Now after underling just one word at a time the toolbar keeps disappearing with the File tab highlighted green, and I have to keep clicking back to the home tab, then click underline. Have to repeat highlighting each individual word,, clicking home tab, and then underlining. Ugh!
    I would love to hear some advice before I tear my hair out in frustration.
     
  2. Keebellah

    Keebellah Trusted Advisor

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    Hi, welcome to the forum,
    Do you know that Ctrl + U is the shorcut to underline?
    I don't quite understand the toolbaar part, I do know that 2010 will switch to the toolbar that currently applies to the selection within the sheet, if by chance a shape of other is selected then the tooldbaar swithes to this section.
    You can also add some buttons to the quickaccess toolbar like underline and so and these are always visible.
     
  3. HobbesandCalvin

    HobbesandCalvin Thread Starter

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    Hi Keebellah, Thanks for the welcome and the reply to my message.I'll try the tip about underlining. Somehow, the toolbar is back and consistent again after about 3 weeks of problems. I'm not sure I understand what you mean about the toolbar switching between sections. Could you restate what you mean by a shape of other? All I do is type in excel, no calculations. I have looked up the quick access bar and I think that will help quite a bit if the same toolbar problem happens again. I still don't understand why I can't hold down ctrl to highlight multiple object.Affects my ability to manipulate cells.
     
  4. Keebellah

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    Since you mention objects (shapes) I assume you know what you're doing.
    What do you mean by "I still don't understand why I can't hold down ctrl to highlight multiple object" What Objects?
     
  5. HobbesandCalvin

    HobbesandCalvin Thread Starter

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    I think I figured it out. After reading your post, I tried hitting shift or ctrl in a plain Excel sheet and I was able to highlight multiple cells or multiple words within one cell. I think I'm having trouble because I was using one of those preformatted table options which alternates row colors and has column headers. When I work with data in a plain table without any formatting changes, I can manipulate the data. The formatted tables must have some sort of perimeter restriction on them. I do appreciate your time and patience, it's been frustrating but I felt better about having some advice and someone who took time to help.
     
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