How to Select Every Other Row in Excel (With Example)


You can use the following basic formula to select every other row in Excel:

=OFFSET($A$1:$B$1,(ROW()-1)*2,0)

This formula selects every other row (for columns A and B) in the current sheet starting from row 1.

The following examples show how to use this formula in practice.

Example: Select Every Other Row in Excel

Suppose we have the following dataset in Excel that contains information about points scored by various basketball players:

We can use the following formula to select every other row in this dataset:

=OFFSET($A$1:$B$1,(ROW()-1)*2,0)

We will type this formula into cell D1 and then drag and fill it down to the remaining cells in column D:

Excel select every other row

Notice that every other row has been selected from the original dataset.

We can manually verify this by identifying ever other row in the original dataset:

We can see that every other row from the original dataset has indeed been selected.

Note: In this example we used $A$1:$B$1 within the OFFSET function to tell Excel that we’d like to select all cells in columns A and B, starting from the first row.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel:

How to Sum Every Nth Row in Excel
How to Highlight Entire Row Based on Cell Value in Excel
How to Count Rows with Value in Excel

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