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Old 04-30-06, 12:57 AM
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Excel TAB Problem

When you enter data in a cell and press the Tab key, it will move the cursor one cell to the right. And that's how it's always been. Until about a couple weeks ago. Now when I hit tab, it goes from cell A1 to cell T1. If I have the Help Window opened on the right side (and the spreadsheet window is smaller), then when I hit tab, it goes from A1 to Q1.

How can I fix this?

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2 with all the latest updates; Microsoft Excel 2003. I got no macros running.
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Old 04-30-06, 09:54 AM
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According to a Microsoft page (, these are the various functions for TAB:

TAB Moves one cell to the right in a worksheet.
Moves between unlocked cells in a protected worksheet.
Moves to the next option or option group in a dialog box.
SHIFT+TAB moves to the previous cell in a worksheet or the previous option in a dialog box.
CTRL+TAB switches to the next tab in dialog box.
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB switches to the previous tab in a dialog box.

So, did you by accident protect your worksheet? If so, try the following:
Select "Tools", then "Protection" and then "Unprotect sheet".

Just guessing. Let us know if it works.
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Old 04-30-06, 10:32 AM
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I wish that were the case.

My problem occurs all the time, even in a brand new workbook.
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Old 08-22-08, 06:56 AM
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The feature to allow page tabbing is turned on, instead of cell tabbing. To
correct this go to the Tools menu -> Options -> Transition Tab - make sure that the Transition Navigation Keys box is not checked.
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Old 08-22-08, 09:00 AM
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Hopefully namja's 2+ year torment of living with this problem will finally come to an end.
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