*The tutorial shows a few quick ways to flip tables in Excel vertically and horizontally preserving the original formatting and formulas.*

Flipping data in Excel sounds like a trivial one-click task, but surprisingly there is no such built-in option. In situations when you need to reverse the data order in a column arranged alphabetically or from smallest to largest, you can obviously use the Excel Sort feature. But how do you flip a column with unsorted data? Or, how do you reverse the order of data in a table horizontally in rows? You will get all answers in a moment.

With just a little creativity, you can work out a handful of different ways to flip a column in Excel: by using inbuilt features, formulas, VBA or special tools. The detailed steps on each method follow below.

The reverse the order of data in a column vertically, perform these steps:

- Add a helper column next to the column you want to flip and populate that column with a sequence of numbers, starting with 1. This tip shows how to have it done automatically.
- Sort the column of numbers in descending order. For this, select any cell in the helper column, go to the
*Data tab*>*Sort & Filter*group, and click the**Sort Largest to Smallest**button (ZA).

As shown in the screenshot below, this will sort not only the numbers in column B, but also the original items in column A, reversing the order of rows:

Now you can safely delete the helper column since you do not need it any longer.

The fastest way to populate a column with a sequence of numbers is by using the Excel AutoFill feature:

- Type 1 into the first cell and 2 into the second cell (cells B2 and B3 in the screenshot below).
- Select the cells where you've just entered the numbers and double-click the lower right corner of the selection.

That's it! Excel will autofill the column with serial numbers up to the last cell with data in the adjacent column.

The above method also works for reversing the data order in multiple columns:

Sometimes (most often when you select the whole column of numbers prior to sorting) Excel might display the *Sort Warning* dialog. In this case, check the **Expand the selection** option, and then click the **Sort **button.

Another way to flip a column upside down is by using this generic formula:

INDEX(*range*, ROWS(*range*))

For our sample data set, the formula goes as follows:

`=INDEX($A$2:$A$7,ROWS(A2:$A$7))`

…and reverses column A impeccably:

At the heart of the formula is the INDEX(array, row_num, [column_num]) function, which returns the value of an element in *array* based on the row and/or column numbers you specify.

In the array, you feed the entire list you want to flip (A2:A7 in this example).

The row number is worked out by the ROWS function. In its simplest form, ROWS(array) returns the number of rows in *array*. In our formula, it's the clever use of the relative and absolute references that does the "flip column" trick:

- For the first cell (B2), ROWS(A2:$A$7) returns 6, so INDEX gets the last item in the list (the 6
^{th}item). - In the second cell (B3), the relative reference A2 changes to A3, consequently ROWS(A3:$A$7) returns 5, forcing INDEX to fetch the second to last item.

In other words, ROWS creates a kind of decrementing counter for INDEX so that it moves from the last item toward the first item.

Now that you have two columns of data, you may want to replace formulas with calculated values, and then delete an extra column. For this, copy the formula cells, select the cells where you'd like to paste the values, and press Shift+F10 then V, which is the fastest way to apply Excel's Paste Special > Values option.

For more information, please see How to replace formulas with values in Excel.

If you have some experience with VBA, you can use the following macro to reverse the data order vertically in one or several columns:

Sub FlipColumns() Dim Rng As Range Dim WorkRng As Range Dim Arr As Variant Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer On Error Resume Next xTitleId = "Flip columns vertically" Set WorkRng = Application.Selection Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8) Arr = WorkRng.Formula Application.ScreenUpdating = False Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual For j = 1 To UBound(Arr, 2) k = UBound(Arr, 1) For i = 1 To UBound(Arr, 1) / 2 xTemp = Arr(i, j) Arr(i, j) = Arr(k, j) Arr(k, j) = xTemp k = k - 1 Next Next WorkRng.Formula = Arr Application.ScreenUpdating = True Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic End Sub

- Open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window (Alt + F11).
- Click
*Insert*>*Module*, and paste the above code in the Code window. - Run the macro (F5).
- The
*Flip Columns*dialog pops up prompting you to select a range to flip:

You select one or more columns using the mouse, not including the column headers, click *OK* and get the result in a moment.

To save the macro, be sure to save your file as an *Excel macro-enabled workbook*.

With the above methods, you can easily reverse the data order in a column or table. But what if you not only wish to flip values, but cell formats too? Additionally, what if some data in your table is formula-driven, and you want to prevent formulas from being broken when flipping cells in columns? In this case, you can use the **Flip** feature included with our Ultimate Suite for Excel.

Supposing you have a nicely formatted table like shown below, where some columns contain values and some columns have formulas:

You are looking to flip the columns in your table keeping both formatting (grey shading for rows with zero amount) and correctly calculated formulas. This can be done in two quick steps:

- With any cell in your table selected, go to the
*Ablebits Data*tab >*Transform*group, and click**Flip**>**Vertical Flip**.

- In the
*Vertical Flip*dialog window, configure the following options:- In the
*Select your range*box, check the range reference and make sure the header row is not included. - Select the
**Adjust cell references**option and check the**Preserve formatting**box. - Optionally, choose to
*Create a back up copy*(selected by default). - Click the
**Flip**button.

- In the

Done! The order of data in the table is reversed, the formatting is kept, and cell references in the formulas are appropriately adjusted:

So far in this tutorial, we have flipped columns upside down. Now, let's look at how to reverse data order horizontally, i.e. flip a table from left to right.

Here is a simple macro that can quickly flip data in your Excel table horizontally:

Sub FlipDataHorizontally() Dim Rng As Range Dim WorkRng As Range Dim Arr As Variant Dim i As Integer, j As Integer, k As Integer On Error Resume Next xTitleId = "Flip Data Horizontally" Set WorkRng = Application.Selection Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8) Arr = WorkRng.Formula Application.ScreenUpdating = False Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual For i = 1 To UBound(Arr, 1) k = UBound(Arr, 2) For j = 1 To UBound(Arr, 2) / 2 xTemp = Arr(i, j) Arr(i, j) = Arr(i, k) Arr(i, k) = xTemp k = k - 1 Next Next WorkRng.Formula = Arr Application.ScreenUpdating = True Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic End Sub

To add the macro to your Excel workbook, please follow these steps. As soon as you run the macro, the following dialog window will show up, asking you to select a range:

You select the entire table, including the header row, and click *OK*. In a moment, the data order in rows in reversed:

Similarly to flipping columns, you can use our Ultimate Suite for Excel to reverse the order data in rows. Just select a range of cells you want to flip, go to the *Ablebits Data* tab > *Transform* group, and click **Flip** > **Horizontal Flip**.

In the *Horizontal Flip* dialog window, choose the options appropriate for your data set. In this example, we are working with values, so we choose *Paste values only* and *Preserve Formatting*:

Click the **Flip** button, and your table will be reversed from left to right in the blink of an eye.

This is how you flip data in Excel. I thank you for reading and hope to see you on our blog next week!

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## 15 responses to "How to flip data in Excel: reverse columns vertically and rows horizontally"

Thanks, for the article.

we need this details

Thank you so much. This is a life saver! I being searching for a solution like this nearly for an hour now. Thank you again!

To flip horizontally, you can also simply transpose first, then sort A-Z (if necessary add column with numbers first to use to), then transpose back. Done.

excelent solution

Thanks Roman, that was an extremely easy way to flip horizontally, took seconds.

Thanks.

hello and thanks,

have you the function version of both pls?

thanks again!

good article - might i offer another elegant, quick way to flip the rows ie horizontal flip?

Transpose the data (copy - paste special - transpose)

use your method for flipping columns - i.e. the numbers and a sort

Transpose the data back again

Thank you for the Index(range, Rows(range)) trick! Worked perfectly.

Thanks a lot for this nice post

Excellent macro for horizontal flip - THANK YOU!

Thanks

Many, many thanks. This tutorial has saved me a lot of faffing and time. Don't think I would have worked this out without some help as the method is not what you would call intuitive. Nonetheless, it's very easy when you know how. Now I do to. Cheers.

Hello,

Thank you so much!

This was very helpful!