We have *Sales Data of a Company* as our dataset. In the dataset, we have *Quarterly Sales *for the **Years 2021 **and **2022**. We will find the *Half-Yearly Sales *by applying formula for alternate rows.

### Method 1 – Using the Fill Handle Option

__Steps:__

- Enter the following formula in cell
**E5**.

`=D5+D6`

Cell **D5 **represents the *Sales *of **Qtr 1 **for the *Year 2021*, and cell **D6 **refers to the *Sales *of **Qtr 2 **for the *Year 2021*.

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will have the
*Half-Yearly Sales*for the first 2*Quarters*of the*Year 2021*as shown in the following picture.

- Select cell
**E5**along with its adjacent cell**E6**as marked in the image below.

- Drag the
**Fill Handle**down to cell**E12**.

- You will get the
*Half-Yearly Sales*on the alternate rows.

### Method 2 – Utilizing the Copy and Paste Command

__Steps:__

- Enter the following formula in cell
**E5**.

`=D5+D6`

- Hit
**Enter**.

- You will get the following output on your worksheet.

- Select cells
**E5**and**E6**together. - Press the keyboard shortcut
**Ctrl + C**to copy the cells.

- Select the range of the cells where you want to apply the formula for alternate rows (the rest of the column).
- Press
**Ctrl + V**to paste the copied cells.

- You will get the
*Half-Yearly Sales*in the alternate rows.

### Method 3 – Using MOD and ROW Functions

__Steps:__

- Use the formula given below in cell
**E5**.

`=IF(MOD(ROW(),2)=1,D5+D6,"")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**ROW()**→ Returns the**row number**of a cell.**Output**→**5**

**MOD(ROW(),2)**→ Becomes**MOD(5,2)**- Returns the
**remainder**of**5**after dividing by**2**. **Output → 1**

- Returns the
**IF(MOD(ROW(),2)=1,D5+D6,””)**→ Becomes**IF(1=1,D5+D6,””)****The IF function**checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if**TRUE**, and another one if**FALSE**.**Output → $5,200**

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will get the
*Half-Yearly Sales*for the first**2***Quarters*of the*Year 2021*.

- Use the
**AutoFill**feature to fill in the column.

**Read More: **How to Create a Custom Formula in Excel

### Method 4 – Utilizing the ISEVEN Function

__Steps:__

- Enter the following formula in cell
**E5**.

`=IF(ISEVEN(ROW())=FALSE,D5+D6,"")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**ROW()**→ Returns the**row number**of a cell.**Output → 5**

**ISEVEN(ROW())**→ Becomes**ISEVEN(5)**- Returns whether the number
**5**is**even**. **Output → FALSE**

- Returns whether the number
**IF(ISEVEN(ROW())=FALSE,D5+D6,””)**→ Becomes**IF(FALSE=FALSE,D5+D6,””)**- The
**IF function**checks whether a condition is met, and returns the second argument if**TRUE**, and the third one if**FALSE**. **Output → $5,200**

- The

- Hit
**Enter**.

- You will have the following output in cell
**E5**.

- Use
**AutoFill**for the rest of the column.

### Method 5 – Using the ISODD Function

__Steps:__

- Use the formula given below in cell
**E5**.

`=IF(ISODD(ROW())=TRUE,D5+D6,"")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**ROW()**→ Returns the**row number**of a cell.**Output → 5**

**ISODD(ROW())**→ Becomes**ISODD(5)**- Returns whether the number
**5**is**odd**. **Output → TRUE**

- Returns whether the number
**IF(ISODD(ROW())=TRUE,D5+D6,””)**→ Becomes**IF(TRUE=TRUE,D5+D6,””)**- The
**IF function**checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if**TRUE**, and another one if**FALSE**. **Output → $5,200**

- The

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will get the following output in cell
**E5**.

- By using the
**AutoFill**option of Excel, you can get the rest of the outputs.

**Read More: **How to Create a Formula in Excel for Multiple Cells

## How to Color Alternate Row Color Based on Group in Excel

We have the *Sales Data of a Store* as our dataset, with **Product **name, **Purchaser**, and the **Price **of the **Products**. We need to color the alternate rows here based on the groups of **Products**.

__Steps:__

- Create a column beside the
**Price**column and title it as**0**.

- Enter the following formula in cell
**E5**.

`=IF(B5=B4,E4,E4+1)`

- Press
**Enter**.

- Here’s the first result.

- AutoFill the column. This provides sequential group numbers.

- Select the entire dataset and go to the
**Home**tab from**Ribbon**. - Choose the
**Conditional Formatting**option from the**Styles**group. - Select the
**New Rule**option from the drop-down.

- The
**New Formatting Rule**dialogue box will open on your worksheet.

- Choose the
**Use a formula to determine which cells to format**option. - Enter the following formula in the field
**Format values where this formula is true**.

`=AND(LEN($B5)>0,MOD($E5,2)=0)`

**Formula Breakdown**

**LEN($B5)**→ Returns the length of cell**B5**.**Output → 10**.

**MOD($E5,2)**→ Returns the remainder of cell**E5**after dividing by**2**.**Output**→ 1

**AND(LEN($B5)>0,MOD($E5,2)=0)**→ Becomes**AND(10>0,1=0)****The AND function**checks whether all the arguments are**TRUE**, and returns**TRUE**if all arguments are**TRUE**. Otherwise, it returns**FALSE**.- It can be written as
**AND(TRUE,FALSE)** **Output**→**FALSE**.

- Click on the
**Format**option.

- Go to the
**Fill**tab. - Choose your preferred color and click on
**OK**.

- You will be redirected to the
**New Formatting Rule**dialogue box. Click on**OK**there.

- You will have the alternate rows colored based on group like in the following picture.

**Read More: **How to Create a Conditional Formula in Excel

## How to Color Alternate Rows Without a Table in Excel

__Steps:__

- Select the alternate rows while pressing the
**Ctrl**key from your keyboard. Here, we selected rows**6, 8, 10, 12, 14**, and**16**.

- Go to the
**Home**tab from**Ribbon**. - Choose the
**Fill Color**option from the**Font**group. - Select your preferred color from the drop-down.

- Here’s the result.

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