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Inserting Alternating Rows


May 24, 2018 - by Bill Jelen

Inserting Alternating Rows

Today's question from the Atlanta Power Excel seminar.

I have data formatted with every other row in grey. When I insert two new rows in the middle of the data, both of the new rows end up grey instead of following the pattern.

Take a look at the workbook in the image below. The even numbered rows have a grey fill.

Grey fill in every other row.
Grey fill in every other row.

When you select A5:A6 and Insert Rows, you get two new blank rows. But both rows are grey.

Both new rows are grey
Both new rows are grey

I have a solution to this, but it requires a trip back to 3rd grade math.

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