How to Use Shade Every Other Row in Excel

Oct 27, 2020 • edited Oct 30, 2020

How to Use Shade Every Other Row in Excel

This example shows you how to use conditional formatting to shade alternate rows. Shading every other row in a range makes it easier to read your data.

1. Select a range.

Shade Alternate Rows Example

2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Conditional Formatting.

Click Conditional Formatting

3. Click New Rule.

Click New Rule

4. Select ‘Use a formula to determine which cells to format’.

5. Enter the formula =MOD(ROW(),2)

6. Select a formatting style and click OK.

New Formatting Rule


Shade Alternate Rows in Excel

Explanation: the MOD function gives the remainder of a division. The ROW() function returns the row number. For example, for the seventh row, MOD(7,2) equals 1. 7 is divided by 2 (3 times) to give a remainder of 1. For the eight row, MOD(8,2) equals 0. 8 is divided by 2 (exactly 4 times) to give a remainder of 0. As a result, all odd rows return 1 (TRUE) and will be shaded.

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