How to group adjacent columns or rows separately or independently in Excel?

As we all known, when you group adjacent columns or rows, such as grouping A and B, then group C and D, the normal Group function in Excel will collapse them into 1 group. How could you put them into separate groups as following screenshot shown?

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Group adjacent two columns or rows separately with shortcut keys


Group adjacent two columns or rows separately with shortcut keys

The following shortcut keys may help you to create the separate groups for adjacent two columns or rows quickly and easily. Please do as follows:

1. Just select column A, and then hold Shift + Alt + Right arrow as following screenshot shown:

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2. And the first two columns are grouped immediately, see screenshot:

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3. And then you should select column C and press Shift + Alt + Right arrow keys to group column C and column D, and so on.

Note: The shortcut keys is also available for adjacent two rows.


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    Maarten · 1 years ago
    The first option is nonsense as it only collapses one column, only the - symbol is above column B and d but these columns do NOT collapse at all.
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    Some Who is Annoyed · 2 years ago
    Agreed, this wasted a bunch of my time when I was almost fooled by it... until I collapsed my groups then I saw he had wasted my time
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    Gary · 4 years ago
    This DOES NOT work.... This ONLY groups ONE column... if you go to hide the selection it will only hide ONE column not the second as well... All you have done is group ONE column.

    To make it even worse, you then proceed to debunk your consecutive grouping attempts by going into detail on how the grouping actually works in that you seam to have to have a blank cell next to the range you want to group.

    muppet!