Highlight Every Other Row in a Selection in Excel - Table Formatting

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This free Excel macro will highlight every other row in a selection of cells with a color that is specified within the macro. To use this macro, you must first select a range of cells or a table in Excel and then run the macro. From there, the first row and then every other row will have a background color. This allows you to easily navigate large tables and more clearly present information in Excel.

To change the color that the rows will change to, just change the number at the end of this line within the macro:

Selection.Rows(r).Interior.ColorIndex = 37

The number at the end of the row above is a color index number for Excel.

Where to install the macro:  Module

Excel Macro to Highlight Every Other Row in a Selection in Excel - Table Formatting

Sub Highlight_Every_Other_Row()
'This macro highlights every other row within a selection of rows - you select the table/rows you want formatted

Dim r As Integer

For r = 1 To Selection.Rows.Count
 If r Mod 2 = 1 Then
  Selection.Rows(r).Interior.ColorIndex = 37
 End If
Next

End Sub








How to Install the Macro
  1. Select and copy the text from within the grey box above.

  2. Open the Microsoft Excel file in which you would like the Macro to function.

  3. Press "Alt + F11" - This will open the Visual Basic Editor - Works for all Excel Versions.  Or For other ways to get there, Click Here.

  4. On the new window that opens up, go to the left side where the vertical pane is located. Locate your Excel file; it will be called VBAProject (YOUR FILE'S NAME HERE) and click this.

  5. If the Macro goes in a Module, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  6. If the Macro goes in the Workbook or ThisWorkbook, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  7. If the Macro goes in the Worksheet Code, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  8. Close the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor window and save the Excel file. When you close the Visual Basic Editor window, the regular Excel window will not close.

  9. You are now ready to run the macro.


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