I can add rows conveniently using Option+Shift+Up Arrow (insert above) or Option+Shift+Down Arrow(insert below).

Is there a keyboard shortcut to delete the current row?

4 Answers 4


Apple has added the ability to delete a row with a keyboard shortcut. See the attached image.



With Numbers 11 and earlier, by default, no, there's no shortcut.

You can create one yourself though:

  1. Open System PreferencesKeyboardShortcutsApp Shortcuts.

  2. Click the + button to add a new shortcut.

  3. Set the Application to Numbers.app, and the Menu Title to Delete Row.

  4. Set your keyboard shortcut and press Add.

  • 4
    Thank you! I set it to Cmd+Shift+D. It doesn't seem to conflict with anything at the moment.
    – Nelu
    Dec 16, 2013 at 21:39
  • I found that this works if the Menu Title is Delete Rows instead of Delete Row.
    – htomita
    Nov 28, 2018 at 17:46
  • @htomita The menu title dynamically changes depending on how many rows are selected, so if you want to use the shortcut for more than one row, yes you will need to add that. You can assign a shortcut to both menu titles to work in all cases.
    – grg
    Nov 28, 2018 at 22:41

As of at least Numbers 4.3.1, there is a menu item in the Table menu for deleting the current row (as well as one for deleting the current column), with keyboard shortcuts:

Delete Row: Shift+Command+X

Delete Column: Shift+Command+Y


I still had this question (as keycommands are not given in context menu), so the previous answer pointed me to look in the regular menu. In Numbers 12 it is opt+cmd+del/bs

  • Thx for writing this out. Note that this shortcut is shown explicitly next to the Delete Row option under the Table menu in Numbers. The one to remove a column is Control+Command+⌫ as also shown under the Table menu. You can see all Numbers keyboard shortcuts through Help > Keyboard Shortcuts menu option.
    – Alper
    May 2, 2022 at 13:16

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