Moving Entire Rows in Excel

I had an interesting request today that I think is worth sharing. Hot smile I was essentially asked, what the most efficient way of moving a row from one point in a worksheet to a lower point in the sheet. Such as moving Row 6 to Row 42. I developed the following method to do this:


private bool MoveRow(Excel.Range rngRowToMove, int moveRowNum)
    // get reference to the sheet
    Excel.Application xlApp = rngRowToMove.Application;
    Excel.Worksheet ws = (Excel.Worksheet)rngRowToMove.Application.ActiveSheet;
    int rowToDelete = rngRowToMove.Row; // and the original row number

    // verify that the moveRowNum is further down (below/higher number) than
    // the rngRowToMove location. If it is not then we fail…
    if (moveRowNum <= rowToDelete)
        return false;

        // now grab the row where we want to move to
        Excel.Range rngMoveTo = ((Excel.Range)rngRowToMove.Application.Cells[moveRowNum, 1]).EntireRow;
        // insert a row so as to not delete the data already there
        // but only do it if it is not the last row in the sheet
        if(moveRowNum < ws.UsedRange.Rows.Count)
            rngMoveTo.Insert(Excel.XlInsertShiftDirection.xlShiftDown, Excel.XlInsertFormatOrigin.xlFormatFromLeftOrAbove);
        // and move…
        // now go to delete the empty row
        ((Excel.Range)xlApp.Cells[rowToDelete, 1]).EntireRow.Delete(Excel.XlDeleteShiftDirection.xlShiftUp);
        return true;
        return false;


To call this you can use a line like this:

MoveRow(xlApp.ActiveCell, ((Excel.Worksheet)xlApp.ActiveSheet).UsedRange.Rows.Count + 1)


What this does is moves the currently selected row (if the selection is anywhere in a given row), to the very last row of the sheet.

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