How to Switch a Row to a Column in Excel 2013

Occasionally you might find that you have laid out data in a spreadsheet in a different manner than you actually need it. This can be frustrating, and the prospect of essentially redoing the exact same task again might not be appealing. Fortunately you can convert a row into a column in Excel 2013 by taking advantage of a feature called Transpose.

Transposing data in an Excel spreadsheet allows you to copy a series of data that is currently in a row, then paste that same data into a column instead. This can be immensely helpful when a spreadsheet has been laid out incorrectly, and it can help to minimize potential mistakes that can occur when you need to re-enter large sequences of information.


Transposing a Row to a Column in Excel 2013

In the tutorial below we will be converting data from a row to a column. Note that the new location of the data cannot overlap the original location of the data. If this presents a problem, then you can always use the first cell under your target destination row, then delete the original row. Click here to learn how to delete a row in Excel 2013.

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2013.


Step 2: Highlight the data that you wish to transpose to a column.

select data to transpose



Step 3: Right-click the selected data, then click either the Copy option. Note that you can also copy data by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard.

copy selected cells



Step 4: Click inside the cell where you would like to display the first cell in the new column.

select top row for column of data



Step 5: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the Home tab



Step 6: Click the arrow under the Paste button at the left side of the ribbon, then click the Transpose button.

click the Paste arrow, then click transpose



You can now delete the original row by right-clicking the row number at the left side of the spreadsheet, then clicking the Delete option.

delete original row of data



Is there a worksheet in an Excel file that you would like to use in a different Excel file? Learn about copying entire worksheets in Excel 2013 and make it easier to reuse your most helpful spreadsheets.



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