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  • Numeric Pad Enter Key & Text Box

    This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  notbrl 5 months, 2 weeks ago.

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    • #1250453 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I added a Text Box from the Insert tab on a worksheet.  Using the numeric keypad I was entering values into the text box – or so I thought.  When I looked at what I had entered, all the characters were on a single line.

      The numeric pad Enter key was not “returning” me to a new line when pressed.  If I hit the Alpha keyboard Enter key a new line was generated.

      I opened Word, inserted a Text Box, started entering characters, and each time the numeric pad Enter key was pushed a new line was seen.

      I went to a co-worker and saw the same behavior on their machine where the numeric pad Enter key does nothing when working in a text box in Excel.

      The numeric keypad works just fine on a worksheet.  I am old but don’t remember seeing this before.

      Excel 365 _ Win 10 Enterprise


    • #1265032 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Hello notbrl,
      I see the same behavior you noted using Office 2013. Based on an article from 2010, I believe this behavior may have started with Excel 2007.
      I tested Excel 2002 and found the numeric Enter key does indeed do a carriage return within an inserted text box. You are remembering correctly how it used to work in Excel.

    • #1353879 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Thank you Sueska for your reply.  Apparently I haven’t been paying too much attention as this has been ongoing since Excel 2007.  🙂

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