How to customize keyboard shortcuts in Excel for Mac 2016

I would like to set a key shortcut (ctrl+q) to the trace precedents option. 

How can it be done in the new Excel for Mac 2016?

Thank you for your help.


> Just looking to insert and delete cells/rows. <

According to the article "Keyboard shortcuts in Excel 2016 for Mac" at

Insert cells


Delete cells


On my system, OS X 10.10.5, Mac Excel 2016 version 15.16, these same keyboard shortcuts work both for cells and for rows.

Thanks Mike Middleton

Yes, I know this short cut but it is clumsy.  I would like to assign keys to my own short cut keys.  As a number of contributors have complained, this functionality has been withdrawn by Microsoft.  I tried the universal apple preferences route to get my key stoke preferences (ie Apple preferences, Keyboard, shortcuts...(but this does not work.

I think I will got back to Excel 2011 and give this defective version the flick.

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Last updated February 9, 2020 Views 9,962 Applies to: