As you know, function keys are uses for many shortcuts in Excel. But if you try these shortcuts directly on a Mac, they don't work. By default, Function keys on a Mac control the computer itself, things like screen brightness, volume, video pause and play, and so on. This means that if press only the function keys in Excel, you'll end up controlling the Mac, and not Excel. To make function keys work like you expect in Excel, you need to add a key: You'll find the fn key in the lower left on your keyboard. Here are a few examples:.
Here you can check a box that will that will change function key behavior to work like "standard function keys".
If you do this, however, note that you won't be able to use function keys for things like Brightness, Volume, etc. In essence, this setting reverses behavior so that you need to use fn to control the Mac. Personally, I like using the function keys to control the computer, so I leave this setting alone, and just the fn key when needed in Excel.
Unless you're using an extended keyboard, keys like Home, End, backspace, Page up, and Page down are nowhere to be found. This is a problem, because many of these keys are used in Excel shortcuts.
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The solution is to use specific substitutions, as shown in the table below. However, T hey can make some shortcuts seem complicated on a Mac because you have to use more keys. Yes No. Sorry this didn't help.
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Excel equivalent of F9 I generate student worksheets in Excel using the Rand function and the F9 key to update cells. I cannot find the equivalent key strokes or short cut for numbers!
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All replies Drop Down menu. Loading page content. The Help describes it by: The RAND function generates a random number equal to or greater than 0 and less than 1. Notes Any time you change a value in the table, a new random number is generated.
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As far as I know, there is no specific tool available to update cells like the Recalculate menu item in AppleWorks. Numbers is always in Autocalc mode. An easy way to mimic the F9 key is to install a checkbox somewhere in the table. Every click in the box will force a re-calculation.