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How to select every nth column in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-03-17

For example, you have a large worksheet with hundreds of columns of data. And now, you need to copy every 3rd column data and paste them to another new worksheet. It will be time-consuming to select every nth column one by one, and is there any easy way to do it?

Select every nth column with VBA

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It seems no simple way except VBA code to solve this problem. Please do as the following steps:

1. Highlight the range that you want to select every nth column.

2.Click Developer > Visual Basic or press Alt+F11, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module to input the following code into the Module:

 

Sub EveryOtherColumn()
'Updateby20140314
Dim rng As Range
Dim InputRng As Range
Dim OutRng As Range
Dim xInterval As Integer
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set InputRng = Application.Selection
Set InputRng = Application.InputBox("Range :", xTitleId, InputRng.Address, Type:=8)
xInterval = Application.InputBox("Enter column interval", xTitleId, Type:=1)
For i = 1 To InputRng.Columns.Count Step xInterval + 1
    Set rng = InputRng.Cells(1, i)
    If OutRng Is Nothing Then
        Set OutRng = rng
    Else
        Set OutRng = Application.Union(OutRng, rng)
    End If
Next
OutRng.EntireColumn.Select
End Sub

3. Then click  button to run the code, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you to select a range to work with. See screenshot:

 

4. Click OK, and then enter the number of intervals in the another pop out dialog. In this case, enter 3 in the box. See screenshot:

5. Click OK. Now it selects every 3rd column in the selection. See screenshot:

Note: You can specify the number in the second KutoolsforExcel dialog to meet your need.

But sometimes, you need to select two columns with two intervals. The above code can not work, how should you do?


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With Kutools for Excel, you can select specific number of columns at specific intervals. Please do as the following steps:

1.Click Kutools > Select Tools > Select Interval Rows/Columns,see screenshot:

2. A Select Interval Rows/Columns dialog box will appear. Then click button to select the range you need, choose Columns from Select section, and specify the number you want in the Interval of and Columns dropdown list, here we select two columns in every 3td columns. See screenshot:

3.Click OK. It will select two columns with two intervals in the selection. See screenshot:

Note: If you check Select entire columns in the popup dialog, it will select the entire columns in the sheet. See screenshot:


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I have one issue in excel, for example, in a row first five sells are numbered as 1,2,3, 4,5. in the second row also numbered as 1,2,3,4,5 in each sell. then to the third row need to paste the values of above two rows alternatively. means i need answer in each sells in third row 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5. how can I do easily in excel? I am waiting for your response because I need to complete big datasheet.
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i need to copy from f18 to h19, then f21 to h22, and it goes on till 500 values and before the value in h column need to add text also

like f18 = 345

in h19 I should get = tdg 345

for 500 values in h column.

please help me someone
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This macro sucks dont waste your time
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For some reason this does not work if only one row is selected.
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Excel 2010 - Select interval column command does not work. There is no any raction after clicking - ok
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I always get an error: invalid procedure... How can I solve it. I want to select every 4th column in my dataset
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