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What do the different mouse pointer shapes mean in Microsoft Excel?

The mouse pointer changes shape in Microsoft Excel 2013 and Excel 2010 depending upon the context.

For more information see mouse-pointers


Used for selecting cells


The I-beam - indicates that you may type text in this area.

fill handle

 The fill handle - used for copying formula or extending a data series.


Used to select a whole row/column when positioned on the row number or column letter.

column widener

Appears at the border of the column letters. Drag to widen or narrow the width of a column.

row heightener

Appears at the border between the row numbers. Drag to increase or decrease the height of a row.

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Created by Chris Limb on 25 January 2005 and last updated by Alexander Butler on 17 July 2018