# How do I delete alternating rows in excel

gump
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 29th Jul 2009
I have over 5,000 rows of data. I only need the odd number rows (1,3,5) and
need to delete the even rows. Is there a faster way then hold CTRL and
clicking on even number rows and then deleting? How can select all the even
number of rows and then delete all?

Glenn
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 29th Jul 2009
gump wrote:
> I have over 5,000 rows of data. I only need the odd number rows (1,3,5) and
> need to delete the even rows. Is there a faster way then hold CTRL and
> clicking on even number rows and then deleting? How can select all the even
> number of rows and then delete all?

Insert a column. Put =MOD(ROW(),2) in row 1 and copy down. Sort all of your
data by that column. Delete the appropriate rows. Delete the column.

Ken
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 29th Jul 2009
gump

Put this formula in a spare column

=mod(row(),2)

copy it down all your relevant rows.

convert the formula to values (paste special values on top of the mod
formula)

sort by that column, the zeros will come to the top where they can all
be deleted at once

the other rows should still be in the same order as prior to the sort
since they are all 1's

Good luck

Ken
Norfolk, Va

On Jul 29, 3:41*pm, gump <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> I have over 5,000 rows of data. *I only need the odd number rows (1,3,5) and
> need to delete the even rows. *Is there a faster way then hold CTRL and
> clicking on even number rows and then deleting? *How can select all theeven
> number of rows and then delete all?

Gord Dibben
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 30th Jul 2009
You have a couple of suggestions but they both ibvolve sorting.

Do you want to do that?

If not, in an adjacent column in cell 2 enter an X

In cell 4 enter an X

Select cell 2 to cell 5

Double-click to fill down.

AutoFilter for X and delete those rows.

Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP

On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:41:02 -0700, gump <(E-Mail Removed)>
wrote:

>I have over 5,000 rows of data. I only need the odd number rows (1,3,5) and
>need to delete the even rows. Is there a faster way then hold CTRL and
>clicking on even number rows and then deleting? How can select all the even
>number of rows and then delete all?

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 13th Mar 2012
Quote:
 Originally Posted by gump I have over 5,000 rows of data. I only need the odd number rows (1,3,5) and need to delete the even rows. Is there a faster way then hold CTRL and clicking on even number rows and then deleting? How can select all the even number of rows and then delete all?
Insert a column. Put =MOD(ROW(),2) in row 1 and copy down.
Alternate rows will be filled with zeros and ones.
Set filter to zero or one as required
Only alternate rows will be visible
press F5 and select visible cells
press Ctrl+C to copy
and Ctrl +V to paste to a new sheet.

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