How to copy multiple selections or ranges in Excel?

For example, you have a large worksheet, and now you only want to copy some selected ranges and distribute to other worksheets. But when you select the multiple ranges and click copy, there will be a prompt dialog box to remind you “That command cannot be used on multiple selections.” In this condition, how do you quickly copy multiple selected ranges? Here are some tricks for you to solve this task.

Copy multiple selected ranges with Clipboard

Copy multiple selected ranges with VBA code

Copy multiple selected ranges from one worksheet

Copy multiple ranges from many worksheets/workbooks

Easily combine multiple selections from many worksheets/workbooks into single worksheet/workbook

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arrow blue right bubble Copy multiple selected ranges with Clipboard

With the help of Clipboard, you can paste all of the selected ranges to another range or worksheet at a time. Please do as follows:

1. Click Home > doc copy multiple ranges 09 in the Clipboard group to display the Clipboard Pane.. See screenshot:

2. And then copy the selected ranges that you need one by one. At the same time, the copied ranges have been appeared in the Clipboard Pane. see screenshot above:

3. Select the first cell of destination range you will paste all copied ranges to, and click Paste All button in the Clipboard Pane.

And then all of the copied ranges have been pasted into the specified destination range.


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With VBA code, you can also copy multiple selected ranges and paste them into any other worksheet.

1. Holding the Ctrl key and select multiple nonadjacent ranges you want to use.

2. Press Alt + F11 keys at the same time to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window, click Insert > Module, and input the following code into the Module:

Option Explicit
Sub CopyMultipleSelection()
Dim SelAreas() As Range
Dim PasteRange As Range
Dim UpperLeft As Range
Dim NumAreas As Integer, i As Integer
Dim TopRow As Long, LeftCol As Integer
Dim RowOffset As Long, ColOffset As Integer
Dim NonEmptyCellCount As Integer
' Exit if a range is not selected
If TypeName(Selection) < > "Range" Then
MsgBox "Select the range to be copied. A multiple selection is allowed."
Exit Sub
End If
' Store the areas as separate Range objects
NumAreas = Selection.Areas.Count
ReDim SelAreas(1 To NumAreas)
For i = 1 To NumAreas
Set SelAreas(i) = Selection.Areas(i)
Next
' Determine the upper left cell in the multiple selection
TopRow = ActiveSheet.Rows.Count
LeftCol = ActiveSheet.Columns.Count
For i = 1 To NumAreas
If SelAreas(i).Row < TopRow Then TopRow = SelAreas(i).Row
If SelAreas(i).Column < LeftCol Then LeftCol = SelAreas(i).Column
Next
Set UpperLeft = Cells(TopRow, LeftCol)
' Get the paste address
On Error Resume Next
Set PasteRange = Application.InputBox _
(Prompt:="Specify the upper left cell for the paste range:", _
Title:="Copy Mutliple Selection", _
Type:=8)
On Error GoTo 0
' Exit if canceled
If TypeName(PasteRange) < > "Range" Then Exit Sub
' Make sure only the upper left cell is used
Set PasteRange = PasteRange.Range("A1")
' Check paste range for existing data
NonEmptyCellCount = 0
For i = 1 To NumAreas
RowOffset = SelAreas(i).Row - TopRow
ColOffset = SelAreas(i).Column - LeftCol
NonEmptyCellCount = NonEmptyCellCount + _
Application.CountA(Range(PasteRange.Offset(RowOffset, ColOffset), _
PasteRange.Offset(RowOffset + SelAreas(i).Rows.Count - 1, _
ColOffset + SelAreas(i).Columns.Count - 1)))
Next i
' If paste range is not empty, warn user
If NonEmptyCellCount < > 0 Then _
If MsgBox("Overwrite existing data?", vbQuestion + vbYesNo, _
"Copy Multiple Selection") < > vbYes Then Exit Sub
' Copy and paste each area
For i = 1 To NumAreas
RowOffset = SelAreas(i).Row - TopRow
ColOffset = SelAreas(i).Column - LeftCol
SelAreas(i).Copy PasteRange.Offset(RowOffset, ColOffset)
Next i
End Sub

3. Then click the Run button to run the code.

4. And now please specify a cell to paste the ranges in the opening Copy Multiple Selection dialog box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:


arrow blue right bubble Quickly copy multiple selected ranges from one worksheet

The Copy Multiple Ranges utility of Kutools for Excel can help you easily copy multiple ranges from the active worksheet quickly. Please do as follows:

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1. Select the ranges you want to use one by one without holding the Ctrl key, and then click Kutools > Copy Ranges. See screenshot:

2. In the Copy Multiple Ranges dialog box, check All option from Paste special section, and click the Ok button. See screenshot above:

Note: If you want to keep the row height and column width as the original ranges, please check Including row height option and Including column width option in the Copy Multiple Ranges dialog box.

3. And specify a cell to paste the ranges in the following prompt box, and click the OK button.

And now all of the selected ranges will be pasted into the specified cell as the same row height and column width as the original selections.

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arrow blue right bubble Copy multiple ranges from many worksheets/workbooks

Kutools for Excel provides another Combine Worksheets utility to copy multiple ranges from many worksheets or many workbook easily in Excel. Please do as follows:

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1. Click Enterprise > Combine.

2. In the opening Combine Worksheets – Step 1 of 3 dialog box, please check the Combine multiple worksheets from workbook into one worksheet option, and click the Next button.

3. In the Combine Worksheets – Step 2 of 3 dialog box, please do as below:

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(1) Select the workbook in the Workbook list section, and then click the Browse button behind each worksheet to specify the range from each worksheet;

(2) Click the Add button to add other workbooks which you will copy ranges from, and then repeat above (1) to specify ranges in added workbook.

(3) Click the Finish button.

4. Then a Kutools for excel dialog box comes out and asks for saving combination scenario. Please click the Yes button or No button as you need.

So far all specified ranges from multiple worksheets or workbooks have been copied and pasted into a new workbook.


arrow blue right bubbleDemo: Copy multiple selected ranges from one worksheet

arrow blue right bubbleDemo: Copy multiple selected ranges from many workbooks/worksheets

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Comments  

Permalink +2 Abani Pattanayak
I want to select the rows like 1, 5,6,10. so how can i copy these rows ???
2014-07-16 12:31 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 David Hedin
In this case you can just select the rows and copy them as usual.
2016-01-06 10:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 K Raj
How can I copy cell a1, e5, g2, and so on.... (more than 1000 cells in same column) and paste them into b1, f5, h2 (right into the next column in same row.)
2016-10-10 11:37 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Lyn Mc
Found above explanation of options to copy multiple ranges very helpful - thanks! I used the 'clipboard' option to copy multiple rows. Had to select each group of consecutive rows and copy it, move on and select next row or group of consecutive rows and copy it, etc.. But after this its easy, go to where you want to paste them, eg a new sheet, and click 'Paste all' from the Clipboard and all the rows are copied to there with out any gaps! Exactly what I wanted - thanks again!
2014-09-02 03:15 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 M
Thank you SOOOOOO much - what a great site
2015-02-18 16:11 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Yunivor
I found that if you have the Clipboard task plane open you can copy multiple rows simply using ctrl+C and paste them in order with crtl+V using Excel 2007.
2015-11-30 17:45 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 David Hedin
Hi,
Is it possible to adjust the code so that the copied cells can be pasted in another sheet? Now I get the error message "400" when I attempt this. I use Office 2010.

Also, is it possible to copy so that empty lines are deleted? I have a big document and I copy some cells with hundreds of non-copied rows between them. This makes for a rather bulky output.
2016-01-06 10:03 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Steve O
Thanks for the code, works perfectly. This odd lack of function within Excel has stumped me many times in the past. It's normally quicker in the end to work around it, but in this case I have 4000 individually colour-coded cells so any work-around would have taken a long time, so I'm very grateful.
Steve
2016-02-22 23:18 Reply Reply with quote Quote

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