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Cursor Keeps Selecting Cells in Microsoft Excel

You aren't holding your mouse button down, but Excel acts as if you are, and continues to select cells you don't want to select. Rebooting might help temporarily.

This can be caused by the wheel on your wheelmouse being stuck in a down position or by hitting the F8 key. Either of these actions turns on "Extend selection". You'll likely be able to tell right away if that's the cause. Look in the Status bar, and you'll see EXT. Just hit F8 to turn it off. (Thanks to BabyCody for pointing out about the F8 key!)

If that's not the case, and it continues to be a problem, then clean up your hard drive because it happens as a result of dwindling resources. debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

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