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Keyboard shortcuts for working with tables

The following list of keyboard shortcuts can help you save time and be more productive when working with tables and the table view. In most cases, the table view must have focus (to be active) to use the shortcuts.

Open and close tables

Keyboard shortcutFunction

Ctrl+T

Open the attribute table for the selected layer or stand-alone table from the Contents pane.

Ctrl+F4

Close the active table.

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to open and close tables.

Select in the table

Keyboard shortcutFunction
Ctrl+A

Select all records.

Ctrl+Spacebar

Select or deselect row.

Ctrl+Enter

Move to the next record and select it exclusively. If more than one row is selected, the move will occur from the row with the active cell. This is particularly useful when 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 pressing Shift).

Click upper left cell of table

Clear the selection.

Press Shift while clicking upper left cell of table

Select all records.

Press Ctrl while clicking upper left cell of table

Switch the selection.

Shift+Enter

Go to the previous row in the same column and select it.

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to make selections in tables and the table view.

Interact with the map or scene from the table

These keyboard shortcuts apply to the active feature selected in the table and the view. This way, you can interact with the map or scene directly from the table.

The active feature is the row with a bolded line in the first cell on the left, which contains the cell that is outlined and shaded. To change the active feature, move the pointer to a different row by clicking or using the keyboard. Keep in mind that the active feature may be different than the selected feature, where the whole row is colored cyan (the default color).

Keyboard shortcutFunction
Ctrl+Shift+=

Zoom the view to selected features.

Ctrl+8

Flash the active feature in the view.

Double-click the gray cell to the left of a record

Zoom to the feature represented by a record and select it.

Press Ctrl while double-clicking the gray cell to the left of a record

Pan to the feature represented by a record and select it.

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to interact with the map from tables and the table view.

Navigate within the table

Keyboard shortcutFunction
Tab

Go to the next column. If at the end of a row, go to the first cell in the next row.

Shift+Tab

Go to the previous column. If at the start of a row, go to the last cell in the previous row.

Enter

Go to the next row in the same column.

Home

Go to the first cell in a row.

Ctrl+Home

Go to the first row, first cell.

End

Go to the last cell in a row.

Ctrl+End

Go to the last row, last cell.

Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Left Arrow, Right Arrow

Go the direction of the arrow key.

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Go to the first cell in a row (same as Home).

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Go to the last cell in a row (same as End).

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Go to the first row in the same column.

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Go to the last row in the same column.

Ctrl+Mouse wheel

Increase or decrease the scale of the table.

Ctrl+0

Reset the scale of the table back to 100 percent if you used the mouse wheel to increase or decrease it.

Shift+Mouse wheel

Scroll the table window horizontally.

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate in tables and the table view.

Work with fields

Keyboard shortcutFunction

Double-click a field name

Sort field.

The column will sort in an ascending or descending order. A small arrow appears at the end of the field name to note that sorting is applied and in which direction.

Ctrl+Shift+U

Remove field sorting.

Ctrl+Shift+S

Open the Custom Sort dialog box.

Ctrl+Double-click

Hide the field.

This action works on a single field only. To hide multiple field columns in a table at once, press the Shift key while clicking to select multiple fields. Then, right-click a field name and click Hide Field.

To show all fields again without opening the field's view, click the menu button Menu at the top of the table view and click Show All Fields. Any hidden fields turn back on and become available in the table view and in other dialog boxes.

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to work with fields in tables and the table view.

Edit the table

Keyboard shortcutFunction
Ctrl+C

Copy the value in a cell onto the clipboard.

Ctrl+Shift+C

Copy the selected records onto the clipboard.

F2

Edit the contents of a cell.

Esc

Cancel what has been edited in the cell and restore the original value.

Enter

Commit the row edit if you're editing the contents of a cell.

Shift+Enter

Insert a new line or multiple lines while editing.

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to edit tables. A pencil icon appears in the first cell on the left of the row you're editing. The cell is also outlined in bold, dark green.