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How to paste data in alternate blank rows in Excel?

In some cases, for a copied row, you may need to paste it in multiple blank rows alternately in a new range in Excel as below screenshot shown. How can you do to achieve it? This article will help you.

Paste data in alternate blank rows with formula and filter

Paste data in alternate blank rows with formula and filter

There is no direct method to solve this problem, but you can achieve it with the little trick in this article. Please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell (here I select cell D2) in the new range you need to paste the copied data into, then enter formula =MOD(ROW(A1),2).

2. Keep selecting cell D2, drag the Fill Handle down to the column cells. See screenshot:

3. Then select cell D1, click Data > Filter to enable the Filter function.

4. Click the drop-down arrow of cell D1, then filter the column by number 1 and finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

5. Now the alternate blank rows are filtered out. Please copy the data, select the filtered range, and then press Ctrl + V keys simultaneously to paste the data.

6. Click Data > Filter to turn off the Filter function, and then delete the helper column as you need. See screenshot:

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    Mike · 1 years ago
    It only works if you copy a single cell, which pretty is useless. For a range of data it doesn't work.
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    Helpful Guest · 1 years ago
    Thanks. Works with Google Sheets (April 2020). Use formula =MOD(ROW(),2) to create the alternating pattern.

    The cell you create your filter in gets turned into a header, so you want to select the cell ABOVE your range and in the data menu choose create filter. It should auto-detect your number range and add a filter. Or you could just highlight your whole range (+ 1 cell above it) beforehand.

    Click the little filter icon that appears in the header cell to adjust settings of what to display.

    When done you can then copy paste your result into another program if needed.
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    Sowmiya · 2 years ago
    didnt work for me either
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      crystal · 2 years ago
      This method works well in my case.
      Which Office version do you use?
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    vishal · 2 years ago
    shows alternate rows but when i paste, it pastes normal way, doesnt skip cells.
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      Yusuf · 1 years ago
      You have to keep space between copied cells, in order for this to work!
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    Mady · 3 years ago
    It doesn't work
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    Leah Voit-Ostricki · 3 years ago
    This doesn't work for me. I have Microsoft Office 2010, so whichever version of excel comes with that I am not quite sure but either way it doesn't work. When I paste it pastes to ALL rows. So, when I paste I only see half of what I pasted, when I turn the filter off I see everything I pasted =/