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How to select and highlight diagonal cells in Excel?

In Excel, we usually need to select multiples cells, but have you ever tried to select and highlight the diagonal cells in a range? In this article, I will introduce a VBA coed to quickly select diagonal cells for you.

Select and highlight diagonal cells

Select and highlight diagonal cells

To select diagonal cells, you can use a macro code.

1. Select the cell you want to start the diagonal selection and press Alt + F11 keys to enable the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module and paste below code to the script.

VBA: Select diagonal cells

Sub selectDiag()
    Dim I As Long
    Dim xCount As Long
    Dim xRg As Range
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xRg = ActiveCell
    If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    xCount = Val(InputBox("How many cells do you want to select diagonally?", "KuTools For Excel"))
    If xCount = 0 Then Exit Sub
    For I = 1 To (xCount - 1)
        Set xRg = Union(xRg, ActiveCell.Offset(I, I))
    Next I
End Sub

3. Press F5 key and a dialog pops out to remind you to select cells, type the number of diagonal cells you want to select in the textbox.
doc select diagonal 1

4. Click OK. The diagonal cells in the selection have been selected.
doc select diagonal 2

Then you can highlight the cells with the background color.
doc select diagonal 3

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