How to Switch Rows and Columns in Excel

December 18, 2023
David Sunnyside

Sometimes when working with data in Excel, you need to switch the orientation of rows and columns to gain a new perspective. This can be particularly helpful if you are creating a chart that requires your data to be displayed in a specific manner. There are a few different ways to accomplish this task.

One way is to use the TRANSPOSE function. This function is located under the Data tab of the ribbon and can be used to transform your data to reverse rows and columns. To do this, select your desired row or column and highlight it. Then, click the “Transpose” button in the Data tab. This will swap the order of the selected cells so that they are arranged in a row instead of a column.

You can also use the Paste Special command in Excel to move data from columns to rows. To do this, select your data set and then right-click on the selection. Select “Paste Special” and then choose the “Transpose” option from the Paste Special menu.

Another way to flip your rows and columns is to use the Ablebits Ultimate Suite for Excel. This tool can be used to not only flip your data but also change cell formats and other features of the selected cells. To do this, select any cell in the table you wish to flip and then go to the Data tab of the Ablebits Ultimate Suite and select “Flip > Vertical Flip.” This will change the order of your rows but will not impact your formulas or other formatting that may be included in your data.

David Sunnyside
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