When we construct a worksheet, we might need to insert cells, columns, or rows to accommodate new data, but **how to insert multiple rows/columns/cells in Excel?**

It is required if we might want to insert a new column to perform calculations or insert a new row to list a new entry. A new row or column is inserted above or to the left of our selection. If the cells surrounding the new cells are formatted, Excel will assume that the user wants the new column or row similarly formatted. Excel will also automatically revise all formulas that may have been affected by the insertion.

Although the number of rows and columns in a worksheet is fixed, we can still insert and delete rows and columns if we need to make space for additional information. These operations do not change the number of rows or columns at all. When we try to insert a new row that moves down the other rows to accommodate the new row. If the last row is empty, then it is simply removed from the worksheet. Similarly, when we try to insert a new column that shifts the other columns to the right, and the last column is removed if it is empty.

Remember that if the last row or last column is not empty, we can’t insert a new row or a new column, respectively. In either case, attempting to add a row or column displays the dialog box shown below:

# HOW TO INSERT MULTIPLE ROWS/COLUMNS/CELLS IN EXCEL?

In this tutorial, we have explained the three types of insertion in worksheet level, for example: How to insert multiple rows in Excel? How to insert columns in Excel? How to insert cells in Excel?

**(01) HOW TO INSERT MULTIPLE ROWS IN EXCEL?**

We can insert a row or multiple rows in excel either in 04 methods.

Before inserting an entire row or multiple rows, we should select a single row in any of the following 02 ways:

**⇒ WAY 1:** Click in any cell within the row we want to insert, then press **Shift+Spacebar** (continuous pressing the **Shift** key and then press **Spacebar**) which will select the entire row.

**⇒ WAY 2:** Alternatively, select a row by clicking the row number (mouse pointer changes to a** thick right arrow**).

If we want to insert the *sequential blank rows *above the selection, then press the **Shift+Down arrow (⬇)**.

If we want to insert the *non-contiguous rows *above the selection, then continuously press the **Ctrl Key** and click the row number only by one.

**➢ METHOD 1: EXCEL INSERT ROW SHORTCUT CTRL+ + (PLUS)**

After selecting an entire row or multiple rows we want to insert, press **Ctrl++ (plus)** which will insert new row(s) above the active row(s).

**■ Note:** Continuous the **Ctrl key** and then press the **+ (plus)** key.

• Example 1: Contiguous rows are inserted.

• Example 2: Non-contiguous rows are inserted.

**■ Note: **We had detail discussed on **CTRL shortcuts** in a separate tutorial, suggested you read this tutorial: 90+ Best Excel CTRL Shortcuts | Useful Keyboard Shortcuts |

**➢ METHOD 2: EXCEL ****INSERT ****ROW SHORTCUT ALT+H+I+R**

Alternatively, after selecting an entire row or multiple rows we want to insert, press **Alt+H+I+R** (sequentially press **Alt, H, I, R**) which will insert new row(s) above the active row(s).

• Example 1: Contiguous rows are inserted.

• Example 2: Non-contiguous rows are inserted.

**■ Note: **We had detail discussed on **ALT shortcuts** in a separate tutorial, suggested you read this tutorial: 80+ Excel Shortcuts with ALT Key || Best Hotkey of Keyboard Shortcuts

**➢ METHOD 3: ****INSERT MULTIPLE ROWS IN EXCEL ****USING THE MOUSE RIGHT-CLICK**

Equivalently, after selecting an entire row or multiple rows, right-click on the selection and choose **Insert** from the shortcut menu. As a result, new row(s) are inserted above the active row(s).

• Example 1: Contiguous rows are inserted.

• Example 2: Non-contiguous rows are inserted.

**➢ METHOD 4: INSERT MULTIPLE ROWS IN EXCEL USING THE RIBBON**

After selecting an entire row or multiple rows we want to delete ➪ go to the **Home** tab ➪ Click the ‘**Insert**’ down arrow in the *Cells* group ➪ Click ‘**Insert Sheet Rows**’ which will insert new row(s) above the active row(s).

• Example 1: Contiguous rows are inserted.

• Example 2: Non-contiguous rows are inserted.

**(02) HOW TO INSERT A COLUMN IN EXCEL?**

Similarly, We can insert a new column or columns in excel either in 04 methods.

But before inserting an entire column or multiple columns, we should select a single column in any of the following 02 ways:

**⇒ WAY 1:** Click in any cell within the column we want to insert, then press **Ctrl+Spacebar** (continuous pressing the **Ctrl** key and then press **Spacebar**) which will select the entire column.

**⇒ WAY 2:** Alternatively, select a column by clicking column letter (mouse pointer changes to a** thick down arrow**).

If we want to insert the* sequential columns*, then press the **Shift+Right arrow (➡)** or **Shift+Left arrow** (⬅).

If we want to insert the *non-contiguous columns*, then continuously press the **Ctrl Key** and click the column header only by one.

**➢ METHOD 1: INSERT COLUMN IN EXCEL USING EXCEL SHORTCUT CTRL+ + (PLUS) **

After selecting an entire column or multiple columns we want to insert, press **Ctrl++ (plus)** which will insert the entire new column(s) to the left of the current column(s).

**Note:** hold the **Ctrl key** and then press the **+ (plus)** key.

**➢ METHOD 2: INSERT COLUMN IN EXCEL USING EXCEL SHORTCUT ALT+H+I+C**

Alternatively, after selecting an entire column or multiple columns we want to insert, press **Alt+H+I+C** (sequentially press **Alt, H, I, C**) which will insert the entire column(s) to the left of the current column(s).

**➢ METHOD 3: INSERT COLUMN IN EXCEL USING THE MOUSE RIGHT-CLICK**

After selecting an entire column or multiple columns we want to insert, right-click anywhere on the selected column(s), and then choose **Insert** from the shortcut menu. As a result, new column(s) are inserted to the left of the current column(s).

**➢ METHOD 4: INSERT COLUMN IN EXCEL USING THE RIBBON**

After selecting an entire column or multiple columns we want to insert ➪ Go to the **Home** tab ➪ Click the ‘**Insert**’ down arrow in the *Cells* group ➪ Select ‘**Insert Sheet Columns**’ which will insert the new column(s) to the left of the current column(s).

**(03) HOW TO INSERT CELLS IN EXCEL?**

We can also insert cells rather than just rows or columns, even we can insert a single cell in a particular row or column. When we insert blank cells, we can choose to move the other cells in the same column down (Shift cells down) or to move the other cells in the same row to the right (Shift cells right) to accommodate the new cells.

Notice that the Insert Dialog Box also has options for inserting entire rows and entire columns.

**➢ METHOD 1: EXCEL INSERT CELLS SHORTCUT CTRL+ + (PLUS)**

Select the cell or range of cells where we want the new cell ➪ Press **Ctrl+ + (Plus)** which will open the ‘* Insert*’ dialog box ➪ Choose any of the four options from the Insert dialog box to position the new cell ➪ Click

**OK**or press

**Enter**.

**➢ METHOD 2: EXCEL INSERT CELLS SHORTCUT ALT+H+I+I**

Select the cell or range of cells where we want the new cell ➪ Press **Alt+H+I+I** (sequentially press** Alt, H, I, I**) which will open the ‘** Insert**’ dialog box ➪ Choose any of the four options from the Insert dialog box to position the new cell ➪ Click

**OK**or press

**Enter**.

**➢ METHOD 3: INSERT CELLS IN EXCEL USING THE MOUSE RIGHT-CLICK**

Select the cell or range of cells ➪ **Right-click** on the selected range ➪ Click ‘**Insert’** from the context menu which will open the ‘* Insert*’ dialog box ➪ Choose any of the four options from the Insert dialog box to position the new cell ➪ Click

**OK**or press

**Enter**.

**➢ METHOD 4: INSERT CELLS IN EXCEL USING THE RIBBON**

Select the cell or range of cells ➪ Home ➪ Click ‘**Insert’** down arrow in the Cells group ➪ Further click ‘**Insert Cells**’ which will open the ‘* Insert*’ dialog box ➪ Choose any of the four options from the Insert dialog box to position the new cell ➪ Click

**OK**or press

**Enter**.

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