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I am trying to create specific keyboard shortcuts with only one key in Excel 2007. For example:

  • when I press Enter I want to move one cell left and then one cell down

  • and when I press * to move one cell right

I'm trying to do this with macros, but Excel only lets me use keyboard combinations -- e.g., Ctrl+T, Ctrl+Shift+H. Is it posible to create these shortcuts with only one key in Excel 2007?

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You will need to use Autohotkey to achieve this.
It's a free automation and scripting utility for windows and you can get it from here:

You can combine IfWinActive with a hotkey to achieve your requirements.
I am writing the script for you but I would encourage you to explore and learn the tool so that you can use for other purposes as well.

This is the script:

IfWinActive Microsoft Excel
    Send {Enter}{Left}

P.S. I would recommend against assigning * as hotkey.
That way, you will not be able type * in Excel

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it is weird, I know :), but I need it for my work...I will try the up solution.Thanks – DiscreteMath'sFan Jul 21 '12 at 5:17
tumchaaditya your solution works like a charm. THANKS!!! – DiscreteMath'sFan Jul 21 '12 at 5:27
happy to help.. :) – tumchaaditya Jul 21 '12 at 18:34

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