Sometimes we may want to **highlight every other row or every Nth row** in a spreadsheet to make data in different rows looks more clearly. Though we can apply table styles to highlight table rows automatically, we can also highlight rows by excel ‘Conditional Formatting’ function. Actually, ‘Conditional Formatting’ has a powerful capability to highlight cells per some rules, it already contains some rules like ‘Duplicate Values’ in itself, we can also define new rule by ourselves. In this free tutorial, we will introduce you the way to** highlight every Nth row** through ‘Conditional Formatting->New Rule’ function. Follow steps with screenshots below, we can make sure you can learn it well.

**Precondition:**

Create a table with several rows. Now we want highlight rows every other row or every Nth row.

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## 1. Highlight Every Other Row by Conditional Formatting Function

**Step1:** Select the range to highlight rows, you can ignore the header part. Click **Home** in ribbon, then click **Conditional Formatting** in **Styles** group, select **New Rule** in menu.

**Step2:** On **New Formatting Rule** dialog, select the last rule type: **Use a formula to determine which cells to format.**

**Step3:** In **Edit the Rule Description** section, in **Format values where this formula is true** textbox enter the formula **=ISEVEN(ROW())**.

**Step4:** Click **Format** button in **Preview** section. Verify that **Format Cells** window is displayed.

**Step5:** Click **Fill **tab, then select a color as background color. For example, select yellow, then click **OK**.

**Step6:** After above step, we go back to **New Formatting Rule** window. You can see that in **Preview** section, cell is filled with yellow. Click **OK**.

**Step7:** Check the result. See screenshot below. Rows are highlighted every other row.

## 2. Highlight Every Nth Row by Conditional Formatting Function

Just repeat above steps, only a little difference in some steps. See simple steps below.

**Step1:** In above step#3, in **Edit the Rule Description** section, in **Format values where this formula is true** textbox enter the formula **=MOD(ROW(),3)=1**. In this formula, highlight rows every third row.

**Step2: **Select yellow to highlight rows. See preview part.

**Step3: **Check the result, see screenshot below. It works well. If you want the header part is also included in counting, you can update the formula as **=MOD(ROW(),3)=0**.

## 3. video: Highlight Every Other Row or Every Nth Row

This Excel video tutorial where we’ll enhance your spreadsheet readability by exploring two conditional formatting functions. First, we’ll learn how to highlight every other row, followed by a more advanced method to highlight every Nth row.

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