How to Convert a Column to a Row in Excel

Sometimes we’ve entered data in a column in Excel, only to realize later that it would be better to have this data in a row, or vise-versa.  Here’s a simple trick to convert any row or set of rows into a column, or vise-versa, in Excel.In case of Bulk data you want to convert in rows from column you don’t need to reenter data in rows and don’t need to waste your time.

Please Note: This is tested in Excel 2003, 2007, and 2010.  Here we took screenshots from Excel 2010 x64, but it works the same on the other versions.

Convert a Row to a Column

Here’s Sample data in Excel:

How to convert column in rows

If you want to change these two data columns into rows.  Select all the cells you wish to convert, right-click, and select copy (or simply press Ctrl+C):

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Now, you should do right-click in the cell where you want to put the data in rows, and select “Paste Special Option from that drop down manue.”

Convert column in rows

Now a Pop up Window will be open.Check the box at the bottom that says “Transpose”, and then click OK.

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Now your Sample data will be converted in rows from columns! 

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This works the exact same for converting rows into columns.  Here’s some data in rows:


After copying and pasting special with Transpose selected, here’s the data in columns! This way you can save your time.

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This is a great way to get your data organized just like you want in Excel.