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I can't find the keyboard shortcut for this on the mac. It's F2 on a windows machine.

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Office for Windows: F2
Office for Mac: Ctrl + U

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Ctrl-U just underlines the text , does not edit it. – javadba May 24 at 23:30
That would be command + U – Fuad Saud Jun 15 at 19:42

The problem is that the shortcut has been changed for earlier versions of excel.

F2 used to work on Excel versions before 2011. For the 2011 excel version use ctrl + U instead.

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I wonder why Microsoft change it? I have been using Windows in work for years, and now I use Mac at home. It would be great if I didn't have to learn a whole new set of shortcuts. (Ctrl-I and Ctrl- for adding and removing rows, for example. Any others? – Victor Grazi Jul 22 '13 at 1:41
I think it's just F- keys, e.g. it's cmd-t instead of F4 to add $ to formulas. I think it's because newer versions of Mac OS do system things with F keys so applications don't know they've been pressed. – user568458 Jan 29 '14 at 17:17

I believe F2 still works, its just that on macs now, to get F2, you need to press fn+F2, otherwise it does the alternative function, which in my mac is to brighten the screen.

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No, in Office 2011, Fn F2 does "cut" as a shortcut. Ctrl+U only lets you start editing in the cell. It does not actually bring you into the Formula Bar (not the Formula Builder, which is something else). – Jon V Nov 21 at 22:49

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