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How to Insert Multiple Columns in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to add multiple columns in Google Sheets. 

(Note: Some of the shortcuts below may not work for all keyboards.)

How to add columns in Google Sheets

With shortcuts - 1

  1. Press “Ctrl” and then “Space” to select the entire column next to which you want to insert additional columns.
  2. While holding “Shift” down, press “→” or “ one time less than the number of columns you need to insert (e.g., two times for three additional columns).
  1. Press “Ctrl”+”Alt”+“=” (for Windows) or “⌘” + “Option” + “=” (for Mac) to insert the columns to the left.

With shortcuts - 2

  1. Select as many cells in a row as the number of columns you want to insert. 
  1. Press “Alt”+”Shift”*+“I” together and then “C” (for Windows) or “Ctrl” + “Option” + “I”, then “C” (for Mac) to insert columns to the left of the cells
  2. Press “Alt”+”Shift”*+“I” and then “O” (for Windows), or “Ctrl”+“Option”+“I”, then “O” (for Mac) to insert columns to the right of the cells

*If you use Google Chrome, you don’t need to press “Shift” at this step.

Without shortcuts

  1. Select an entire column by clicking column index X (e.g., E).
  2. While pressing “Shift”, click another column index Y (e.g., G). 
  3. Right-click or go to the “Insert” tab → “Columns”, and select if you insert Z (e.g., 3) columns to the left or the right.

The following two screenshots are for Step 3 of “Without shortcuts”.

How to insert multiple columns by right-clicking in Google Sheets

How to insert multiple columns from the menu bar in Google Sheets

How do I remove columns in Google Sheets?

With shortcuts - 1

  1. Press “Ctrl” and then “Space” to select the leftmost or rightmost column in the columns you want to delete.
  2. While holding “Shift” down, press “→” or “ and select all columns you want to remove (we assume they are adjacent).
  3. Press “Ctrl”+”Alt”+ “-” (for Windows) or ”⌘” + “Option” + “-” (for Mac).

With shortcuts - 2

  1. Select at least one cell in each column in the range you want to delete. (e.g., cell E3 to cell G3 if you're going to delete column E to G).
  2. Press “Alt”+”Shift”*+“E” and then “E” (for Windows) or “Ctrl”+“Option”+“E”, then “E” (for Mac)
  3. Select “Delete column X-Y”.

*If you use Google Chrome, you don’t need to press “Shift” at this step.

Without shortcuts

  1. Select the leftmost or rightmost column in the columns you want to delete by clicking the column index X (e.g., E).
  2. While pressing “Shift”, click another column index Y (e.g., G) at the end of the range to be removed.
  3. Right-click and click “Delete columns X-Y” (e.g., Delete columns E-G”).

The picture below is for Step 3 of “Without shortcuts”.

How to delete multiple columns without shortcuts in Google sheets

Other tips and formulas related to rows and columns

If you don’t get the solution to your question in this article or you have further questions related to rows and columns, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Navigate to the articles below to learn how to fix rows and/or columns, or adjust the heights of rows or the widths of columns to have a better view of a table or a list more efficiently.

How to Freeze Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

How to Resize Column Width in Google Sheets

How to Resize Row Height in Google Sheets

Visit the pages below if you need to learn how to insert multiple rows or columns.

How to Insert Multiple Rows in Google Sheets

Check the following articles if you want to learn about how to group or ungroup rows or columns, or change the order of rows and columns.

How to Group Rows and Columns in Google Sheets

How to Switch Two Columns and Rows in Google Sheets

Go to the following web pages if you need to learn how to switch rows and columns. You can do it by using a special paste or the TRANSPOSE function.

Switch Rows and Columns in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Use TRANSPOSE Function in Google Sheets

See these articles to learn how to show the row or column numbers of cells by formula.

COLUMN Function in Google Sheets: Explained

ROW Function in Google Sheets: Explained

You can learn about other Google Sheets formulas and tips that are not mentioned here on this page: LiveFlow‘s How to Guides

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