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Hi Tom

I would like a macro that opens up the first line in some grouped rows. I then need the macro to regroup the data below this line.

For example, if the first grouped row is row 5, I would like the macro to ungroup this row.  The complication occurs because next month, the first row in the group will be row 6, and I don't know how to tell the macro this.

Hope this makes sense!



Not sure I understand the situation.  So if rows 5-10 are in a single group you want to  ungroup rows 5-10 and then group rows 6-10?

Also grouping can be done as part of an outline or individually. In outlines, groups can be nested and so forth.

Could you send a sample file (doesn't have to be your real data - just something that looks like it that I can test to see what to look for - it should have grouping applied as when the macro is run) and  explain what you actually want to do.  

>The complication occurs because next month, the first row in the group will be row 6, and I don't know how to tell the macro this.

Nor do I unless you are implying that when the 5-10 group was adjusted and became the 6-10 group when the macro was first run and so the macro should always discover the first group and removed the top row in that group each time it is run.

Please send file and explanation to

Tom Ogilvy  
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