Transpose Excel Rows and Columns [Quick Tip + Video]

Posted on November 18th, 2009 in Excel Howtos , Learn Excel - 8 comments

Transpose Excel Rows and Columns - HowtoTransposing rows and columns in a table is one of the most useful tricks when you are pasting data. Yet, it always surprises me that very few people actually know this. So here it is,

To transpose a table of data from rows to columns (or columns to rows)

  1. Select the table, press CTRL+C
  2. Goto an empty cell
  3. Right click and select Paste Special (alternatively press ALT+E followed by S)
  4. Transpose Excel Rows and Columns - using Paste Special

  5. Select “Transpose” check box, it is above the OK button.
  6. Click Ok. Transposed your data is.

I have made a 15 second tutorial on this. See it below:

(Watch the tutorial on youtube, you can also see it in HD)

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8 Responses to “Transpose Excel Rows and Columns [Quick Tip + Video]”

  1. dave says:

    Just pressing the underlined letter for each of the Paste Special options will select it. (Some of them will cancel out others, like add or subtract.)

    So you can just do:
    - Select
    - Ctrl-C
    - move
    - Alt-E, S, E, Enter

    And you're done.

    A super snappy way to copy a whole tab to values is along similar lines:

    - Ctrl-A
    - Ctrl-C
    - Alt-E, V, Enter

    And Boom! You've just copied everything on the current page as a value on top of itself. Useful if you just want to give someone the values, but not the underlying formulae.

  2. Jason says:

    Very nice! Your explanation was short and to the point. However, the video was a little too fast.

  3. Nilesh Karhade says:

    Hey, bt wht if u wnt trnasposing using formula?
    I mean somtims u hav couple of formulae attachd & u need transposing automatically, then how to do it?

  4. Steve LeLaurin says:

    Ever had a big row of formulas that you want to transpose into a column? But if you use the Copy Paste Special Transpose function, all of the formulas adjust in the process unless they are all locked into their cell references. I've found a way to do it, but it isn't very elegant. A more elegant solution would be welcome. Basically, my solution is to covert the formulas to "number" (highlight cells in row, Edit Replace, put equals sign = in "Find what" box, put # in "Replace with" box, then "Replace All"). Then, copy that cell range to the destination, selecting Transpose in the Paste Special box. Finally, replace the # sign with = just like at the beginning. This will convert the "numbers" back to formulas.

    Do you have a better method?
    Steve

  5. Hui... says:

    @Steve
    Before you copy the cells select them
    Do a Search/Replace and replace = with '=
    Then do your copy, paste special, transpose
    Do a Search/Replace and replace '= with =

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