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: Adjusting Row Height for a Number of Worksheets.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 9, 2013)
Ron knows how to adjust the height of a group of adjacent rows. What he doesn't know (and needs to) is how to make row heights the same across several worksheets in the same workbook.
The trick to this operation is to simply make sure that you select all the worksheets you want to affect. Take a look at the worksheet tabs at the bottom of the program window. You should see one for each worksheet in your workbook. If you want to affect the rows in a series of consecutive worksheets, click the tab for the first worksheet in the series and hold down the Shift key as you click the tab for the last. If the worksheets you want to affect are not consecutive, click the tab for one of the worksheets and then hold down the Ctrl key as you click on the tabs for each of the others.
With all the worksheets you want to affect selected, select the rows within the worksheet you can see. As you adjust the row height for those rows, Excel automatically adjusts the row height for the same rows in each of the other selected worksheets.
When you are done, click on a single worksheet tab. This cancels the selected set of worksheets, and you can continue to work as you desire. (If you don't cancel the selection set, then any changes you make on the screen continue to be made in all the selected worksheets.)
If you need to adjust row heights quite a bit, and your formatting is always the same, then you might benefit from having a macro to affect the sheets. The following macro steps through each selected worksheet and adjusts the height of rows 1 through 5. (You should obviously change the row height in the macro and the row numbers to reflect what you really need.)
Sub row_hts() For Each wksht In Worksheets Set sht = wksht sht.Rows("1:5").RowHeight = 25 Next End Sub
You can easily assign the macro to a shortcut key or a menu option so it can quickly be executed.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12510) 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: Adjusting Row Height for a Number of Worksheets.
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