When I edit formulae in Numbers, is it possible to select nearby cells using the cursor keys?

For example, I might be editing cell C3, and set its formula to "=B2+C2". I would like to select cells B2 by hitting the ⬆︎ and then the ⬅︎, to take the cursor from C3 to B2. I've tried hitting the keys, and using combinations of ⇧ Shift, ⌥ Option, and ⌘ Command.

Is there a way to do this?

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Yes. While editing the formula you can use the ⌃ Control ⌥ Option keys with the arrow key's to move around and you can select multiple cells using ⇧ Shift as per normal.

  • When editing a formula, use the left/right arrow keys and the Shift key to select existing cell references, and move them around with these keyboard shortcuts. With nothing highlighted, holding the Option/Alt key will allow you to insert a new cell reference by navigating to it with the arrow keys.
    – George C
    Feb 15, 2019 at 19:09

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