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The following lists the keyboard and mouse shortcuts available when working with tables and the table window. These can be used in ArcMap, ArcGlobe, and ArcScene, although the editing shortcuts are for ArcMap only. In most cases, the table window must have focus (be the active window) to use the shortcuts. Click the table to give it focus.

The shortcut keys in the "Interacting with the map from the table" section apply to the current feature. The current feature is the row with an arrow in the first cell on the left, which contains the cell outlined in a bold, black border. To change the current feature, move the cursor to a different row by clicking or using the keyboard. Keep in mind that the current feature may be different from the selected feature, where the whole row is colored cyan (the default color).

If you press F1 in the table window, you can get a pop-up help topic that lists useful tips and shortcuts for working with tables.

Shortcut key Function
Opening and closing tables and table menus
Ctrl + T Open or minimize the attribute table of the selected layer or table in the table of contents.
Ctrl + double-click a layer or table in the table of contents Open the table.
Ctrl + Enter on a feature layer in the table of contents Open the table.
Ctrl + Shift + T Minimize or maximize all open table windows.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Toggle between open table windows.
Ctrl + F4 Close the active table window.
Ctrl + Shift + F4 Close all open table windows.
Alt + spacebar (when table window has focus) Open the table window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window).
Application key (when table window has focus) Open the row context menu.
Ctrl + Application key (when table window has focus) Open the table window's Options menu.
Selecting in the table
Ctrl + Tab Switch between Show All and Show Selected views.
Ctrl + A Select all records.
Ctrl + Shift + A Deselect all records.
Spacebar Select or deselect row.*
Ctrl + spacebar Select or deselect row.
Shift + spacebar Make a block selection. You can use the spacebar to select a record, arrow down or up several records, then hold Shift and press the spacebar, and all records from the one you initially selected will now be selected.*
Backspace Deselect row.
Ctrl + Backspace Deselect all records.
Ctrl + Shift + R Select only the highlighted records in Show Selected view and deselect all the other records.
Ctrl + Enter (or Ctrl + Shift + Enter) Move to the next record and select it exclusively (particularly useful for working sequentially down through a table, reviewing or editing each record, and looking at the feature it represents on the map).
Ctrl + U Switch the selection.
Shift + down arrow (or Shift + up arrow) Continuously select records (records are deselected if you switch arrow keys while still holding Shift).
Click top left cell of table with mouse Clear the selection.
Shift + click top left cell of table with mouse Select all records.
Ctrl + click top left cell of table with mouse Switch the selection.
Interacting with the map from the table
Ctrl + Shift + = Zoom to selected features.
Ctrl + = Zoom to and flash the current feature.
Ctrl + 8 Flash current feature.
Ctrl + P Pan to and flash the current feature.
Ctrl + I Identify the current feature.
Double-click the gray cell to the left of a record Zoom to feature represented by a record and select it.
Ctrl + double-click the gray cell to the left of a record Pan to feature represented by a record and select it.
Navigating within the table
Tab Go to next column. If at end of row, go to first cell in the next row.
Shift + Tab Go to previous column. If at start of row, go to last cell in the previous row.
Enter Go to next row in same column.
Shift + Enter Go to previous row in same column.
Home Go to first cell in row.
Ctrl + Home Go to first row, first cell.
End Go to last cell in row.
Ctrl + End Go to last row, last cell.
Arrow keys Go the direction of the arrow key.
Ctrl + left arrow Go to first cell in row (same as Home).
Ctrl + right arrow Go to last cell in row (same as End).
Ctrl + up arrow Go to first row in same column.
Ctrl + down arrow Go to last row in same column.
Ctrl + G Jump to a record number.
Working with fields
Double-click a field name Sort field.
Ctrl + Shift + U Remove field sorting.
Ctrl + double-click a field name (or Ctrl + H) Turn off field.
Ctrl + Shift + double-click a field name Hide field. A hidden field will still be available in dialog boxes that list fields, but you can save space in the table window by hiding it.
Ctrl + right-click a field name (or Ctrl + Shift + N) Switch between showing field names and field aliases.
Alt + double-click a field name (or Ctrl + Shift + P) Open the Field Properties dialog box.
Shift + double-click a field name (or Ctrl + Shift + S) Open the Advanced Table Sorting dialog box.
Ctrl + Shift + F Open the Field Calculator dialog box.
Ctrl + Shift + G Open the Calculate Geometry dialog box.
Ctrl + Shift + A Resize the fields automatically.
Shift + roll the mouse wheel Scroll the table horizontally so you can see more fields in the window.
Ctrl + roll the mouse wheel Zoom in and out on the table window.
Editing in the table
Ctrl + Shift + E Start or stop an edit session.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the value in a cell onto the clipboard.
Ctrl + Shift + C Copy the selected records onto the clipboard.
F2 Start editing a cell.**
Esc Cancels what has been edited in the cell and restores the original value.**
Delete (or Ctrl + D) Delete the selected rows.**
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste.**
Ctrl + Z Undo edits to a record.**
Ctrl + Y Redo edits to a record.**
Shift + Enter Add a carriage return to the cell being edited, creating a multiline cell.
Ctrl + F Open the Find and Replace dialog box.

* Only outside an edit session
** Only during an edit session

See Keyboard shortcuts for use within ArcMap for other shortcuts in ArcMap. You can also download ArcGIS Desktop: A Selection of Time-Saving Tips and Shortcuts,a printable PDF of tips and shortcuts, from the ESRI Literature Web page.

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