Apr
10

Convert rows to columns and back in Microsoft Excel

Many Excel enthusiasts are likely to encounter this issue sooner or later. Your data can be lined up vertically or horizontally. Sometimes you notice that there are tables that look better if arranged in a row or a column style.

Here is an Excel trick you can use to change the layout of your data in accord with your needs. So let’s follow the steps below to transform our table into a horizontal row style.

Change the layout of your data in accord with your needs

As easy as Paste Special

  1. First off select the table with the data you want to rotate, right-click on it and pick the Copy option from the menu list.
  2. Now just go where you need to have the new version of your table. Right click on its top left cell and select the Transpose option from the list.
    Select the Transpose option from the list
  3. If the Transpose icon is not available, alternatively you can choose the Paste Special option from the menu.
    Excel Paste Special option
  4. This will give you the Paste Special window. Select the necessary radio buttons and make sure you tick the Transpose checkbox.
    Please make sure you tick the Transpose checkbox

    Tip: If you are not copying the referenced rows or columns along with the ones from where they are being referred, the references will become incorrect. To avoid that, copy and paste only the values while you convert from rows to columns or vice versa. To do this, select the Values radio button in the Paste section on the Paste Special window.

Enjoy the result

Your data will be accurately and easily transposed to a new layout style. This works the opposite way as well.

Your data will be accurately and easily transposed to a new layout style

Hope you’ll find the tip helpful. And have a nice day!

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