So you’re chugging along, filling in your Excel spreadsheet. All of a sudden you realize that you missed a few valuable lines of your data. Now you either have to go back and erase a lot of data or insert a bunch of new rows. The choice is obvious: Here’s how to insert multiple rows in Excel.
As with almost anything in Excel, there are a few ways to get the job done.
How to insert multiple rows in Excel
Following Occam’s Razor, the most obvious solution is usually correct. That means that the first option for inserting rows is the Insert tab. The steps are pretty straightforward:
1. Select the rows where you want blanks to appear. To do this, select the cells and press Shift+Space to highlight the entire rows. You can also select rows by clicking on the row numbers.
2. Go to the Home tab and select the Insert option. Now you can select the number of rows that you want to insert.
This is the easiest way to put new rows into your sheet, however, you can also get the same results with the right-click menu as well.
1. The first step is the same. Select your cells and then highlight the rows.
2. Now, right-click on the cells that you’ve selected and choose the Insert option. If you have any formatting in your cells, make sure to select Insert Options instead to keep the format consistent.
Both methods so far have been pretty quick and easy, but we can kick the speed up a notch using keyboard shortcuts. Sure, you’ll save maybe one extra second, but you’ll look like an Excel pro.
1. The first step is exactly the same, select your rows using whichever method you please.
2. Press Alt+I and then while holding the Alt key, press R.
And there you go, three of the easiest ways to insert multiple rows in Excel. Now you can add your missed data in a hurry and save a few minutes at work for a coffee break.
See also: How to make a pie chart in Excel
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