Excel up and down arrow keys move page instead of cell

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Microsoft ExcelWhen the scroll lock feature is turned on, pressing one of the arrow keys causes Microsoft Excel to move the entire spreadsheet in that direction, instead of moving to the next cell. Although helpful for users viewing a large worksheet, it is also quite annoying for those who have mistakenly enabled this feature. The following sections give quick, simple instructions for turning off the scroll lock feature.

Turning off scroll lock with the keyboard key

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

Turning off scroll lock without the keyboard key

Windows XP, Vista, and 7 users

  1. Click the Start Button in the lower left-hand corner of your desktop.
  2. Locate the search bar in the window that appears.
  3. Type On-Screen Keyboard and press Enter.
  4. When the on-screen keyboard appears, click th eScrLk or Slk button.

Windows 8 users

  1. Navigate to your Start Screen.
  2. Type On-Screen Keyboard and press Enter.
  3. You should see a full keyboard appear. If you see a small bar with a few keys, click General.
  4. Once you see a full keyboard, click the ScrLk button.

Additional information

  • See the Excel and scroll lock definition for additional information about this term and related links.