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Select all dependents

We can select all cells with formulas that refer directly or indirectly to cells in our specific selection using the select all dependents shortcut in Excel. In straightforward steps, we will learn how to use this shortcut.

Figure 1 – Result of using the Select all dependents shortcut

General Formula

Windows shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+}

MAC Shortcut: ⌃+⇧+}

Setting up the Data

  • We will set up a data list as shown in figure 2.
  • Column C will contain our list of dates.
  • Column D will contain a presumed list of Weekdays.
  • Column E contains theoretical results. However, Cell E7 alone will contain the formula below:


Figure 2 – Setting up the Data

Applying the Select all dependents shortcuts

  • We will select the Cell E7

Figure 3 – Select the Cell E7

  • We will press the Windows shortcut key.
  • When we do this, Cell C7 and D7 will get highlighted.

Figure 4 – Applying the Select all dependents shortcut.


Dependent cells are cells that are affected by your active cell depending on the formula contained in those cells.

In this case, we are using the EOMONTH function which returns with the last day of the month. When we use the shortcut, it will add the selection cells which are directly or indirectly correlated with the formulas in the active cell, which in this case is Cell E7.

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