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Excel 2007 Home Office and Student - When I try to put the curser in a cell to highlight the cell, 4 cells light up - I cannot highlight only 1 cell at a time. It's like it's stuck on a 4-cell-at-a-time curser point. Have you ever seen this?

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  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    Excel 2007 Home Office and Student - When I try to put the curser in a cell to highlight the cell, 4 cells light up - I cannot highlight only 1 cell at a time. It's like it's stuck on a 4-cell-at-a-time curser point. Have you ever seen this?

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    Excel 2007 Home Office and Student - When I try to put the curser in a cell to highlight the cell, 4 cells light up - I cannot highlight only 1 cell at a time. It's like it's stuck on a 4-cell-at-a-time curser point. Have you ever seen this? If I reinstall Excel, will I lose my document?

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    Excel 2007 Home Office and Student - When I try to put the curser in a cell to highlight the cell, 4 cells light up - I cannot highlight only 1 cell at a time. It's like it's stuck on a 4-cell-at-a-time curser point. Have you ever seen this? I am on a Sony Vasio laptop.

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    I tried to hold Ctrl and clicked the cell and it put the curser in the 1st cell, but the 3 former other cells are highlighted with a light blue shading as if they were also being populated.

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    Nope. I'm trying to change the color of a single cell and I changes the color of the other 4 adjacent cells - it will not let me change the color for a single cell.

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    How do I reinstall Excel if I purchased it and installed it online?

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    I'm trying to highlight cell 19-E in a spreadsheet, and when I click the cell, 19E through 23E are shaded.

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    Nope - didn't fix it. I'm using a laptop touch pad, and it seems to be misreading my pressure of my click. If I keep barely touching the single cell (like 20 times), eventually it will finally just click into that single cell. Somethings not right. I was away from the computer for 5 days and left several documents open and my email account open. Could this be an issue a hard boot would resolve?

  • kathysiess Feb 18, 2009

    Nope, F8 didn't fix the problem.

  • Raviteja Mopidevi
    Raviteja Mopidevi May 11, 2010

    Hello there.

    I understand that in Ms Excel 2007 when you try to highlight one cell , 4 cells are highlighted.

    You may do the following troubleshooting steps.

    1)This could be a problem with the software codes( that is called bugs in the software). Updating office files may solve the issue.
    For updating please go through this website.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downlo...

    Click on the above link or copy and paste it in a address bar of a web browser.

    2) If the above steps do not solve the issue. You can uninstall and reinstall the Microsoft Office. to do this follow below steps.
    a) For uninstalling go to control panel and add remove programs. click on office and uninstall it.
    b) for reinstalling use the CD or DVD which you got. or use recovery partition to reinstall.

    Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to assist you. For any further clarifications please comment.

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Have you tried working on a entirely new worksheet????...to me it doesn't seem to be an issue with Excel it seems to be the delayed response of the touch pad please try an entirely new worksheet and respond.

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There is a known issue since excel 2003 also referred to as Ghosting, however in version 2007 it seems to have turned into an annoying bug that Microsoft does not have a final solution for yet.
Clicking near the top of the cells seems to select the single cell. Clicking towards the bottom of the cell triggers the "bug".
Reinstallation may or may not solve your problem since this is a bug in the way excel works. Give it a go, but if it does not work there are numerous workarounds. Such as:

1. Try tapping the wheel of scroll mouse, if applicable.
2. Try changing the page view from Page Layout to any other View option: View tab > Normal
3. Close the spreadsheet, open again and see if behavior still exists.
4. Close Excel, open the spreadsheet and see if behavior still exists.
5. If cell still selects multiple cells, up keyboard up/down/left/right arrows to navigate away and then back to cell, then click in the formula bar to edit (aka in the formula bar you see C1:C4, click on C1 it should auto jump you to that one cell only)
6. If it says EXT or Extend Selection in the bottom left corner of Excel, then it is in Extended mode - try tapping the F8 key once
7. Try zooming out then clicking the cell selection again: View tab > Zoom > Edit % in Custom field > Click OK

Hope one of those helps.

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You probably have EXTEND turned on. Try ths. Select a cell and hit the F8 key. Now try to select a cell 3 rows away from the originally selected cell. If EXTEND is on, then the selection will now select all cells in that range. Now hit the F8 key again. This should turn it off. Try it out and let me know. Either way, if you hit the F8 key twice, it should turn EXTEND off.

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    Rob Feb 18, 2009

    Where did you download Excel from? Did you download the installer? If you did, did you save the installer first, then install? You can try and reinstall the program, but that may or maynot fix your problem. If you don't have the installer, go back to where you downloaded if from and see if you can re-download it. I think it's a glitch, I have Excel 07 and I'm happy with it. 

  • Rob
    Rob Feb 18, 2009

    Try this. Plug in a USB mouse. Do you have the same problem selecting cells? If not, then I would highly suspect your touchpad. 

  • Rob
    Rob Feb 25, 2009

    Hi Kathy, Did you try my suggestion of plugging in a usb mouse to see if it worked the same or not? That way you can rule out the touchpad consideration. Let me know.



    Rob

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Iv'e found an answer to this as I was having this trouble on a user's PC that I was supporting at work. Below is the fix.

Click on the Circle (top left "Ribbon")
Click Excel Options bottom of the window
Click Advanced
And scroll to the bottom.
Uncheck under Lotus Compatibility -> Transition navigation keys
I checked it and it wouldn't let me use CTRL + SHIFT + Down or Up arrows. Then unchecked it and it works fine now.

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    Manoj Rout Feb 18, 2009

    Dont re-install excel.. it wont help you much.

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    Manoj Rout Feb 18, 2009

    Yeah, you can try that option of hard rebooting.

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Excel doesn't like to highlight only one. you should try do what you are doing as if its not happening.

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Did you mean you want to make a selection of the cells to be highlighted or selected?

be more specific on this, kindly input an example on which cell range you want to select.

thanks

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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    micromaster Feb 18, 2009

    re-installing will not erased your saved document. it will remain on your documents folder. better to reinstall first excel.,

    let me know


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    micromaster Feb 18, 2009

    make sure that the cell you selected was not merged to the other cell.

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Hi there try to press control den click the cell you want to highlight hope this will help you

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Looks like it may be that any button on your keyboard has been stuck to its place. check all buttons whether they are on right place or not. if they are on right place then re install the software
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    ey buddy,
    you are wasting your time here. You will find nothing here if it was that you can find
    answer here till now should have got the answer
    stop wasting time
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Hi!

Is there some key pressed in the keyboard, maybe it is something wrong with the keyboard, Check the Ctrl and Shift keys.


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    BOZAPE Feb 18, 2009

    If you use your keyboard to navigate through the cell can you do that ok?



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Try to reinstall excel again.

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