I am wanting to edit a column of cells (for example, copy/pasted values have $0.005/hr and I want them to just be 0.005)

I can navigate with arrow keys, I can click to edit the existing value, but would much rather edit the existing value without the use of a mouse.

  • press hotkey to edit cell
  • press enter to move to next row (same column)
  • repeat

As it is I have to move my hand to and from the mouse to click the cell for each edit.

2 Answers 2


F2, Same as in Microsoft Excel.

Once done you can press Enter to switch to next row.

  • Thank you so much, will mark this correct when it's old enough for me to do so. I honestly don't use either excel or calc much... main reason I use LibreOffice is I mostly use it to update my resume once in a while... Not much else, so no need to pay $$$ for a lot of features I'll never use.
    – Tracker1
    Aug 13, 2015 at 1:07
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    Unfortunately there is a difference. If you double click on the formula editor box (usually in the central part of the toolbox ) then you can use shift-enter to insert line breaks in text. But with F2 you cannot, shift-enter has the same effect as enter.
    – am70
    Nov 7, 2019 at 15:22
  • @am70 F2 works the same way as double clicking, I just check Dec 5, 2022 at 15:24
  • BTW F2 also edits the file name in Explorer so it's easy to remember. Dec 5, 2022 at 15:25

If you prefer to use the input line rather than the cell contents editor, use:


From the online help section Shortcut Keys:

Moves the cursor to the Input line where you can enter a formula for the current cell.

If you wish to reassign the shortcut key associated with this command:

  • In the application menu choose: "Tools", "Customize"
  • In the dialog, choose the "Keyboard" tab
  • Choose Category "All commands" and Function "Input Line"

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