Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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: Spreading Out a Table.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 22, 2021)
Sometimes you may get a worksheet from someone else, and you need some room to work on the information provided. For instance, you may find it helpful to add some blank rows between each of the original rows in the original data. While this can be done rather easily using the Insert menu, it can quickly become tedious—particularly if you have a large number of rows that you want to spread out.
The following macro will help you tremendously in this situation. All you need to do is select the first row in the data. When you run the macro, it asks you how many blank rows you want to insert between the original rows. When you provide a number, the macro steps through the data and starts inserting blank rows. The macro stops when the first blank cell after the original data is detected.
Sub SpreadOut() Dim iBlanks As Integer Dim J As Integer iBlanks = InputBox("How many blank rows?", "Insert Rows") ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select While ActiveCell.Value > "" And iBlanks > 0 For J = 1 To iBlanks Selection.EntireRow.Insert Next J ActiveCell.Offset(iBlanks + 1, 0).Select Wend End Sub
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