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Hello Jerry,

I have recently upgraded ( not by choice) from Excel 203 to 2013. I run one macro only, I pieced it together about 7 years ago searching online. This macro runs beautifully in 2003, but when I run it in 2013 I get "Excel cannot complete task with available resources. Choose less data or "

The macro inserts a dashed line " ------ " in each cell of every other 5 rows the same width as the row. It makes it far easier to read when printed. A quick example of what it looks like AFTER the macro is run on a typical worksheet:
   A     B     C     D       E         F       G
1 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
2 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
3 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
4 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
5 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
6 -----  ----  ---  --------  -----  -------- -------
7 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
8 Smith  Matt  650  Redwood street  Oakville Wherever
etc, etc


Sub InsertRows()

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim numRows As Integer
Dim r As Long, c
numRows = 1
r = Cells(Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
c = Columns.Count - 1
For i = r + 1 To 1 Step -5
Set h = ActiveSheet.Rows(i)
For j = 0 To c
 Set a = h.Cells(1, 1).Offset(-1, j)
 a.Value = WorksheetFunction.Rept("-", a.ColumnWidth * 1.6)
Next j
Next i
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Can you see any obvious reason why this would work in 2003 and not 2013. I have 6 GB of memory and an Intel i3 processor running Windows 8.

I appreciate any help you can give, I am truly very limited in macros and VBA.

Thank you

Try this instead:

Option Explicit

Sub InsertRows()
Dim LC As Long, LR As Long, Rw As Long, c As Long
Dim MyText As Variant

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

LR = Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
LC = Cells(1, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column

For c = 1 To LC
   With Cells(LR + 1, c)
       .Value = WorksheetFunction.Rept("-", .ColumnWidth * 1.6)
   End With
Next c

MyText = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(Range("A" & LR + 1).Resize(, LC))
Range("A" & LR + 1).Resize(, LC).Value = ""

For Rw = (LR - (LR Mod 5)) To 1 Step -5
   Rows(Rw + 1).Insert xlShiftDown
   Range("A" & Rw + 1).Resize(, LC).Value = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(MyText)
Next Rw

Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub  
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