Adjusting to a Maximum Row Height

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 9, 2021)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


Paul has a worksheet that has over a thousand rows of data in it. Most of the rows have a height of 12, but some have a height of over 100. He wonders if there is a way to adjust the row heights so that no row is over 40? (Meaning, those under a height of 40 will retain their current height, but those over 40 will be adjusted to 40.)

Tackling this issue is actually quite easy—you just need a way to step through the rows, determine the current row height, and then adjust the row height if it is too large. This can be done with a very simple macro, such as the following:

Sub MaxRowHeight()
    Dim R As Long

    For R = 1 To ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count
        If Rows(R).Height > 40 Then Rows(R).RowHeight = 40
    Next
End Sub

The macro determines the range of used rows in the worksheet and then steps through those rows. The operative property is the .Height property, which is checked. If it is over 40, then it is set to 40. This means that anything with a row height of less than 40 is left unchanged.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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