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I have an Excel file which have large amount of rows.

Is there an efficient way to select say 100,000 rows other than dragging my mouse?

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What about Ctrl + a ? –  Dejo Oct 16 '12 at 22:15
Or maybe (holding Shift) Control down, control left? –  Tiago Cardoso Oct 16 '12 at 22:17
Why do you need to select them anyway? –  nutsch Oct 16 '12 at 22:30
I thought asking 'why not MS Access, at least?' but it could be misinterpreted... –  Tiago Cardoso Oct 16 '12 at 23:01
Do you want the complete row or just the occupied columns? –  pnuts Oct 17 '12 at 19:16

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One thing I do is press F5 (on Windows - brings up the "Go To" menu) and in the Reference section type the address of the range I want to select. For instance, to select the first 100,000 rows, type 1:100000 (or A1:D100000, etc.).

You can also do various things like hitting Shift+Space and Ctrl+Shift+Down assuming 100000 is the end and your range is contiguous, Ctrl+A to select the entire used range, etc.

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I simply use the End key. Start with A1 selected. Hold down Shift, then press End and then . Then (while still holding Shift) press End again and then .

This should select everything in a very small number of key strokes. However if there are gaps in your data you may have to press End then until you have everything.

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Or instead of ENDetc, Editing, Find& Select, Go To Special, Last Cell, OK then release Shift. –  pnuts Oct 17 '12 at 18:38

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