Why did the arrow keys on the keyboard stop working in Excel?

You used to be able to use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move from cell to cell, but suddenly stopped working. Now the arrow keys make the whole page move up or down or side to side.

Since you have scroll lock enabled on your keyboard, pressing one of the arrow keys causes Microsoft Excel to move the entire workbook in that direction, instead of moving to the next cell. This feature is useful for users viewing a large sheet, but also annoying for those who have it turned on by mistake. The following sections provide quick, simple instructions for disabling scroll lock.

Turn off scroll lock with the keyboard key

To turn scroll lock on and off, press the Scroll Lock key. On most keyboards, it’s located in the Control Keys section of your keyboard, above the arrow keys or to the right of the function keys.

Turn off scroll lock without keyboard keys

Windows 10 users

  1. Press theWindows key   .
  2. Typeon screen keyboard and press Enter.
  3. When the on-screen keyboard appears, click theScrLkbutton.

Windows 8 users

  1. Navigate to your start screen.
  2. Typeon screen keyboard and press Enter.
  3. You should see a full keyboard appear. If you see a small bar with several keys, pressGeneral.
  4. When the on-screen keyboard appears, click theScrLkbutton.

Windows XP, Vista and 7 users

  1. Clickthe Start buttonin the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Locate thesearch barin the window that appears.
  3. Typeon screen keyboard and press Enter.
  4. When the on-screen keyboard appears, click the ScrLk or Slk button.