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# Excel - Repeat rows a specified number of times

March 2015

Rows in an Excel worksheet can be repeated a specified number of times with the help of a user-defined function. A user defined function can be written to repeat rows a specified number of times. Some knowledge about programming concepts such as if-then-else conditions and do while loops might be necessary to write such a function. The Selection.insert command can be used to insert rows in the worksheet of Excel Office software. There is no need to write the code from scratch as code snippets are freely available for use in worksheets. However, one must ensure that the user-defined function or subroutine to repeat rows a specified number of times is inserted in the right place.

## Issue

Does anyone know how to repeat rows in a spreadsheet by a certain number of times specified in the cell present in that row?

i.e. from this table:

`Column A Column B    Peter 3    James 7    David 4 `

I need to produce this table:
`Column A Column B    Peter 3    Peter 3    Peter 3    James 7    James 7    James 7    James 7    James 7    James 7    James 7    David 4    David 4    David 4    David 4 `

Any ideas on a simple way of doing this?

## Solution

Try this:

`Sub CopyData()   Dim lRow As Long   Dim RepeatFactor As Variant       lRow = 1       Do While (Cells(lRow, "A") <> "")                      RepeatFactor = Cells(lRow, "B")           If ((RepeatFactor > 1) And IsNumeric(RepeatFactor)) Then                                 Range(Cells(lRow, "A"), Cells(lRow, "B")).Copy              Range(Cells(lRow + 1, "A"), Cells(lRow + RepeatFactor - 1, "B")).Select              Selection.Insert Shift:=xlDown                            lRow = lRow + RepeatFactor - 1           End If                  lRow = lRow + 1       Loop   End Sub`

## Note

Thanks to rizvisa1 for this tip on the forum.