Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Inserting Rows.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 7, 2018)
If you want to insert rows in a worksheet, you probably know that you can do so by displaying the Home tab of the ribbon, click the down-arrow under the Insert tool (to the right of the Insert tool if you are using Excel 2016), and then choosing Insert Sheet Rows. This works marvelously for inserting single rows.
If you want to insert multiple rows, you have several choices. First, you can insert a single row by using the tools on the ribbon, as already mentioned. Then you simply press F4 repeat the command and keep inserting rows.
The second method involves selecting rows before inserting. For instance, if you want to insert five rows, select five existing rows in the worksheet, display the Home tab of the ribbon, click the down-arrow under the Insert tool (to the right of the Insert tool if you are using Excel 2016), and then choose Insert Sheet Rows. Excel dutifully inserts five rows in your worksheet, just before the first row you selected.
If you want to insert rows without using the mouse at all, select the entire row (or rows if you want to add multiple rows), and then you can use the shortcut Ctrl++ (that means hold down the Ctrl key as you press the plus sign). Quick, easy, and painless!
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6117) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Inserting Rows.
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