Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Inserting Rows.

Inserting Rows

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated November 28, 2020)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


If you want to insert rows in a worksheet, you probably know that you can do so by choosing Rows from the Insert menu. This works marvelously for inserting single rows.

If you want to insert multiple rows, you have two choices. First, you can insert a single row by using the menu, as already mentioned. Then you simply press F4 repeat the command and keep inserting rows.

The second method involves selecting rows before inserting. For instance, if you want to insert five rows, select five existing rows in the worksheet, then choose Rows from the Insert menu. Excel dutifully inserts five rows in your worksheet, just before the first row you selected.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2339) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Inserting Rows.

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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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