Looking for a way to move rows and columns using the keyboard. This would obviously be based on the currently-selected cell — regardless of whether or not the row or column is selected.

On a related note, looking for a keyboard shortcut to select the row or column of the currently-selected cell.

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AFAIK you can't.

The closest you can get is highlighting a row/column/cell, and long-pressing (or force touching) then dragging, to insert/replace somewhere else. Also, highlight one of the above and pressing Option-ArrowKey (substitute ArrowKey for an arrow key) to insert a row/column/cell in the direction of the arrow key.

Here is a link to the Numbers Keyboard Shortcuts help.

  • Yeah I am familiar with all the keyboard shortcuts to insert rows/columns, as well as how to move them around with the mouse. Specifically looking for possibly overlooked methods to move rows and columns using the keyboard.
    – George C
    Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 21:39

Cut the rows, delete them, and then elsewhere insert them from the clipboard.

First assign a keyboard shortcut in System Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > App Shortcuts. For the Numbers application and menu title Copied Rows, add a shortcut such as ⌃⌘V.

Then in Numbers,

  1. Select source rows: ⌥⌘⏎, ⇧↓
  2. Cut: ⌘X
  3. Delete rows: ⌥⌘⌫
  4. Select insertion point
  5. Insert copied rows: ⌃⌘V

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