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How to select every other or nth row in Excel?

When we use a worksheet, sometimes, we need to select the every other or nth row of the sheet for formatting, deleting or copying purpose. You can select them manually, but if there are hundreds of rows, this method is not a good choice. Here are some tricks to help you.

Select every other or nth row with VBA

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Select every nth rows or columns in Excel Worksheet

With the Select Interval Rows & Columns utility of Kutools for Excel, you can quickly select every other or nth rows/columns by settiing the references in Interval of and Rows/Columns sections. Free download!
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Select every other or nth row with VBA

In this example, I will select one row with two intervals. With VBA code, I can finish it as follows:

1. Highlight the range that you want to select every other or nth row.

2.Click Developer > Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module, and input the following code into the Module:

Sub EveryOtherRow()
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 row interval", xTitleId, Type:=1)
For i = 1 To InputRng.Rows.Count Step xInterval + 1
    Set rng = InputRng.Cells(i, 1)
    If OutRng Is Nothing Then
        Set OutRng = rng
    Else
        Set OutRng = Application.Union(OutRng, rng)
    End If
Next
OutRng.EntireRow.Select
End Sub

3.Then click doc-multiply-calculation-3 button to run the code. And a dialog pops up for you to select a range. See screenshot:



4. Click OK, and in this case, I input 3 in the another pop out dialog as the interval row. See screenshot

5. Click OK, and the every third row has been selected. See screenshot:

You can change the interval as you need in the second KutoolsforExcel dialog.


Select every other or nth row with Kutools for Excel

With VBA code, you can only select one row with specified intervals, if you need to select two, three or other rows with specified intervals, the Kutools for Excel can help you solve this problem easily and conveniently.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Click Kutools > Select > Select Interval Rows & Columns…,see screenshot:

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2. In the  Select Interval Rows & Columns dialog box,  clickdoc-replace-range-names-7 button to select the range you need, choose Rows or Columns from Select section, and specify the number you want in the Interval of input box and Rows input box. See screenshot:

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Notes:
1. If you need to select every other row in the selection, please enter 2 in the Intervals of Input box and 1 in the Rows input box.

2. If you want to select the entire row that you need, you can check Select entire rows option.
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Shade every other row or nth row with Kutools for Excel

If you want to shade ranges in every other row so that the data looks more outstanding as below screenshot shown, you can apply Kutools for Excel’s Alternate Row/Column Shading function to quickly handle the job.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the range of cells you want to interval shade, click Kutools > Format > Alternate Row/Column Shading.
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2. In the Alternate Row/Column Shading dialog, do as these:

1)Select the rows or columns you want to shade;

2)Choose Conditional formatting or standard formatting as you need;

3)Specify shading interval;

4)Choose a shading color.
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3. Click Ok. Now the range has been shaded in every nth row.

If you want to remove the shading, check Remove existing alternate row shading option in Alternate Row/Column Shading dialog.


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    arrbeejay · 2 years ago
    Help, please. This looks great, BUT when I hit the > Run button it fails with a "Compile error: Sub or Function not defined" and the code stopped at "Set rng = InputRng.Rows.Count Step xInterval +1".
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      FREDRIK · 2 years ago
      Also I don't get how "Set" and "Step" could ever work together
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      FREDRIK · 2 years ago
      Not sure that I will be able to help, but..
      First of, there is a spacing between "C" and "ount" in "Count" when i copied your code string over to a module.
      Secondly, I can´t find your code anywhere else on this page, please submit the whole thing, if the problem remains.
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    Fredrik · 2 years ago
    Replace
    OutRng.EntireRow.Select
    with
    Intersect(OutRng.EntireRow, InputRng).Select
    if you want every other row within your selection
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    Nata · 2 years ago
    really good, thanks!
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    Jon · 3 years ago
    The code has one request. Does it have to select the ENTIRE ROW for each nth row? Can't it just select certain cells (range of cells) within each nth row?

    I don't need all the information in each row. Just certain cells of each nth row.
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      David · 3 years ago
      I made the modifications below to select 30 rows

      Sub EveryOtherRow()
      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 row interval", xTitleId, Type:=1)
      For i = 1 To InputRng.Rows.Count Step xInterval + 1
      Set rng = InputRng.Cells(i, 1).Resize(, 30) 'Resize to the number of columns to select, 30 in this case
      If OutRng Is Nothing Then
      Set OutRng = rng
      Else
      Set OutRng = Application.Union(OutRng, rng)
      End If
      Next
      OutRng.Select 'Use OutRng.EntireRow.Select to select the entire row




      End Sub
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        Duda · 2 years ago
        Nice, thanks, this was very helpful ^_^
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    ali · 4 years ago
    fanatastic.
    thanks a lot.it works perfect.I have more than 7000 data that need to select them with different interval.this trick was like a miracle for me.thaaaaaaaanks.
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    Daear · 5 years ago
    I'm trying to use the VBA macro in Excel 2010. It will only select the first nth row, not all of them in the selection. If I run it again, it will go to the next. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Thanks!
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    Christian · 6 years ago
    Just saved my ass with this code thanks!
    My matlab decided to randomly stop working and
    so I had to resort to excel which I am not as familiar with as with Matlab. This def. helped. Thanks.