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How to select and highlight diagonal cells in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-09-04

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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Thank you for this post. It works great. I have tried to tweak the code to allow me to select a certain number of cells down, and then across.

For example:

A2, B2,
A3, B3, C3,
       B4, C4,

Is there a way to accomplish this?
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