Microsoft KB Archive/103165
XL: Macro to Select a Range Every nth Row/Column
The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 2.x, 3.0, 4.0, 4.0a
- Microsoft Excel for OS/2, version 2.2, 3.0
- Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, versions 2.x, 3.0, 4.0
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The following macro selects a 10-column-wide range every third row. The dimensions of 10 and 3 can be changed to any numbers you want to use. You can also adjust this macro to select a 10-row-deep range every third column by transposing "Row_Col" with "0" in cell A8 below and changing "Height" to 10 and "Width" to 1.
To select two ranges and leave every third blank, change "Height" in A4 to 2.
A1: =SET.NAME("Reference",!A1) A2: =SET.NAME("End_Row_Col",100) A3: =SET.NAME("Step",3) A4: =SET.NAME("Height",1) A5: =SET.NAME("Width",10) A6: =SELECT(Reference) A7: =FOR("Row_Col",0,End_Row_Col,Step) A8: =SELECT((SELECTION(),OFFSET(Reference,Row_Col,0,Height,Width))) A9: =NEXT() A10: =RETURN()
Explanation of Macro
A1: Names the starting cell "Reference." A2: Defines the name "End_Row_Col" to be the number which, added to the row or column of "Reference", equals the absolute ending row or column. A3: "Step" is the "n" For Every nth row/column. The 3 can be changed. For example, if you want to select a range of 10 columns every 4 rows, you would change the 3 to 4. A4: Sets height when selecting columns. A5: Sets width when selecting rows. A6: Selects the range called "reference." A7: Begins counting rows or columns. A8: This statement adds what is selected by the OFFSET() function to what is already selected. Each FOR-NEXT loop adds another row or column. A9: Increments the FOR loop. A10: Ends the macro.
"Function Reference," version 4.0, pages 154-155, 299-230, 378-379, 383, 384, 389-390
"Function Reference," version 3.0, pages 79-80, 163-164, 209-210, 214, 217-218
Additional query words: 2.0 2.00 2.01 2.1 2.10 2.2 2.20 2.21 3.0 4.00a other nonadjacent non-adjacent discontiguous
Keywords : kbcode kbprg
Version : WINDOWS:2.0,3.0,4.0,4.0a; OS/2:2.2,3.0,MACINTOSH:2.0,3.0,4.0
Platform : MACINTOSH OS/2 WINDOWS
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Last Reviewed: November 9, 1999