I'd like to know the shortcut I must use to do a multiple selection of some text (not adjacent words) in a unique cell. The reason is because I need to highlight some text of the same cell, and I currently have to do it selecting the text individually. So it would be very helpful to find the shortcut to multiple select, as Ctrl + click usually works. I used it time ago, but I don't remember how I did. Please, could you help me

Thanks & regards Susana

  • Are you using Excel for Mac?
    – bjbk
    Jan 7, 2016 at 20:55
  • Yes, excel for Mac. But I think it also happens for Windows
    – Susana
    Jan 7, 2016 at 21:45

2 Answers 2


AFAIK, there is no way to select non-adjacent words in a cell in Excel. If you need to format several non-adjacent words, you need to process them one at a time.


I think that the cmd key is your best bet.

I can't try it, i'm not in front of a computer now, but in most OS X programs and also in Word for Mac, the cmd key allows you to select different nonconsecutive strings of text.

  • Guess that's not working in Excel. Not even in the formula bar?
    – malik
    Jan 7, 2016 at 21:37
  • Yes, usually Cmd key works for other apps, but not in this case. That's why I wonder how to do it
    – Susana
    Jan 7, 2016 at 21:42

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