How to Insert a Row in Google Sheets

When you create new spreadsheets in Google Sheets, you are probably accustomed to adding data to blank cells. This is easy to do when you are working with a new file and are adding data for the first time. But as your spreadsheet starts to fill in, or if you are working with an old spreadsheet, the likelihood that you will need to add data in between existing rows increases.

Fortunately you won’t have to do anything drastic to move all of your existing data, as it is possible to insert new blank rows in between the already-existing ones. Our guide below will show you how to add a new blank row above or below existing rows in Google Sheets.


How to Add a New Row in Google Sheets

The steps in this article assume that you currently have a Google Sheets spreadsheet, into which you would like to insert a new row. This will push down the rows below the insertion point. It will also update any formulas that reference cells below that row.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive at and double-click the file into which you wish to insert a new row.


Step 2: Select the row number of the row either above or below where you want to add the new row. Note that clicking on the gray row number will select the entire row.

how to add a new row in google sheets



Step 3: Right-click the selected row number, then choose the Insert 1 above option to add a blank row above the currently-selected row, or click the Insert 1 below option to add a row below it.

how to insert a row in google sheets



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