iWork Numbers: Insert Copied Rows

On a Windows computer, there’s little question that Microsoft Office is the best productivity suite. I never really cared for Word; Apple’s Pages is much better. However, Excel easily trumps Numbers in capability and ubiquity. Even so, my nerd-self enjoys the challenge of making Numbers work for me. This is the first quick tip for Numbers.

Say you want to re-arrange information in a spreadsheet. If you simply copy and paste the rows or columns, they will overwrite the existing cells. Instead, you have to Copy (Cmd+C) then Insert>Copied Rows or Copied Columns — depending on what you’ve copied. This is not available via shortcut or context menu.

As an aside, trying to setup a keyboard shortcut for Insert Copied Rows in System Preferences did not work for me. Is there a solution for this?