Canceling an Edit

As you are entering information in a cell, you may want to cancel what you are entering. For instance, you may have selected the wrong cell before you started typing, and you want to “back out” of the edit you are making.

There are two ways you can do this. The first is to simply press the Esc key and the other is to click on the X just to the left of the Formula bar. (In Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 the X only appears after you start typing. In Excel 2013 the X is always visible, but it is only clickable after you start typing.) Regardless of the method you choose, Excel undoes your changes and returns the cell to its state just before you started typing.

If you make a mistake and press Enter, Excel replaces the contents of the cell with whatever you were typing. To undo this, you should use the Undo feature of Excel: simply press Ctrl+Z or click on the Undo tool at the top-left corner of the program window.