One of the many versatile features of Microsoft Excel is the ability to delete alternate rows. This can come in handy when dealing with a large dataset, where you want to thin out the data and only keep every second, third, or nth row. So, let’s explore how to delete alternate rows in Excel.
Method 1: Using Excel’s ‘Go To Special’ function
This is a straightforward method which doesn’t involve any formula or VBA code.
- First, select the range of cells in which you want to delete alternate rows.
- Press F5 on your keyboard. This will open the ‘Go To’ dialog box.
- In the ‘Go To’ dialog box, click on the ‘Special…’ button at the bottom. This will open the ‘Go To Special’ dialog box.
- In the ‘Go To Special’ dialog box, select the option ‘Rows’ and then ‘Odd’ or ‘Even’ depending on which rows you want to delete.
- Click OK. This will select all the alternate rows in the selected range.
- Now, right-click on one of the selected cells and choose ‘Delete Row’ from the context menu.
Method 2: Using VBA code
If you are comfortable with VBA, you can use the following code to delete alternate rows:
Sub DeleteAlternateRows() Dim rng As Range Dim i As Long Set rng = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A1:A20") For i = rng.Rows.Count To 1 Step -2 rng.Rows(i).EntireRow.Delete Next i End Sub
This code will delete every second row in the range A1:A20 on Sheet1. You can adjust the range and sheet name according to your needs.
Deleting alternate rows in Excel can be done with just a few clicks or with a simple VBA code. Both methods are efficient and can save a lot of time when dealing with large datasets. It’s just one of the many ways Excel can help streamline your data analysis and manipulation tasks.