Excel: how to type a forward slash, Excel 2016

Using Excel can mean self-tutoring. The tutor shares an observation about typing the forward slash in Excel 2016.

I went to type a forward slash (as a character, not part of a formula) at the lead of a statement in a cell using Excel 2016, but I couldn’t. That’s because, in my experience, typing the forward slash in a cell activates shortcut keys for the menu items across the top.

To type a slash (as a character) in a cell, here’s what I do:

  1. Select the cell in which I want it.
  2. Click in the separate text box above the cells.
  3. Type what I want, then press Enter. The text, slash and all, appears in the cell.




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