Microsoft Excel is a powerful program that can help you analyze and visualize your data. For best results, your data needs to be in the proper format. If you need to flip the cells in a row or column, it can take a long time to do it manually—instead of re-entering all of your data, use these strategies to flip rows, turn columns into rows, and flip rows.

## Flipping Cells in Excel Columns

Reversing the order of cells in a Microsoft Excel column is quite easy, and can be done in just a few steps:

- Add a column next to the column you’d like to flip.
- Fill that column with numbers, starting with 1 and going up to the number of rows in the column you’d like to reverse.
- Select both columns and click
**Data > Sort**. Select the column that you just added and filled with numbers. Select**Largest to smallest**, and click**OK**.

Once you’ve done this, the column you wanted flipped will be reversed, and you can delete the column you just created.

If you’re a user of Visual Basic (macros) with Excel Better Than Batch: A Windows Scripting Host Tutorial Better Than Batch: A Windows Scripting Host Tutorial Read More , you can use this code to accomplish the same thing. Just select the column you want to flip and run the following macro:

Sub FlipColumns() Dim vTop As Variant Dim vEnd As Variant Dim iStart As Integer Dim iEnd As Integer Application.ScreenUpdating = False iStart = 1 iEnd = Selection.Columns.Count Do While iStart < iEnd vTop = Selection.Columns(iStart) vEnd = Selection.Columns(iEnd) Selection.Columns(iEnd) = vTop Selection.Columns(iStart) = vEnd iStart = iStart + 1 iEnd = iEnd - 1 Loop Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub

## Transposing Columns Into Rows (and Vice Versa)

If you have a column of numbers that you want to turn into a row, Microsoft Excel has a very useful function to do just that for you with minimal effort.

- Select the columns you’d like to transpose and hit
**Ctrl+C**or**Edit > Copy**. - Click to an open cell and click
**Edit > Paste Special…** - Select
**Transpose**and hit**OK**.

Your column has now been turned into a row, with the topmost value placed on the left of the row. To turn a row into a column, you follow the same procedure. You can even transpose a block of data, which will turn the entire selection by 90 degrees.

## Flipping Cells in Excel Rows

To flip all of the cells in an Excel row, you need to combine the previous two steps. Because Microsoft Excel doesn’t support sorting rows, you’ll need to first turn the row into a column by using the instructions for transposing above. Once the row has been turned into a column, you can use the instructions for flipping the values in a column.

After you’ve reversed the column, copy and paste it using **Paste Special…** and **Transpose**. It’s a rather roundabout way to get it done, but it works!

To do this in a far simpler manner, you can use Visual Basic How You Can Make Your Own Simple App With VBA How You Can Make Your Own Simple App With VBA For those of you that would really love to be able to write your own application, but have never typed a single line of code before, I'm going to walk you through making your very... Read More again. Just run the same macro as above, but replace all of the instances of the word “column” with the word “row.”

Sub FlipRows() Dim vTop As Variant Dim vEnd As Variant Dim iStart As Integer Dim iEnd As Integer Application.ScreenUpdating = False iStart = 1 iEnd = Selection.Rows.Count Do While iStart < iEnd vTop = Selection.Rows(iStart) vEnd = Selection.Rows(iEnd) Selection.Rows(iEnd) = vTop Selection.Rows(iStart) = vEnd iStart = iStart + 1 iEnd = iEnd - 1 Loop Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub

## Flipping Excel Cells Made Easy

If you need to flip the data in an Microsoft Excel column or row, using one of the strategies above can save you a whole lot of time. And if you need to do it on a regular basis, using the Visual Basic macros will save you even more time. Now get out there and flip some data!

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Great tip for flipping a column!

You rock!

Hi,

The sorting works fine but I need an extra step... If you could advise.

My project involves gathering random rows between 1 & 12. Then flipping them upside down. Then retrieving certain data from them. Simple lookups gather the info but, for example if I have 3 rows, (then flipped they become 12,11 and 10) but I would need row 10 to be at the top for the lookups to work. I've tried INDEX but to no avail :( any advice?

If you have a lot of rows, start your new column with "1", then make the next value "=A1+1" (If A1 is where "1" is). Copy+Paste this formula down the entire column, then do your sort. No VBA required.

This doesn't work for sorting random groups of numbers. Using your sort method would just sort both columns from greatest to lowest or whatever. Do you have any ideas for flipping columns of numbers?

I'm pretty sure this does work for random numbers; the column that's being sorted is the one next to your column of numbers, not the random ones you've entered. Do you know what I mean? Or maybe I'm not understanding the problem you're having. Can you give me any more details?

The problem is if there is no column of ordered numbers. He probably just wants to switch the order of the values, and there isn't any A-Z or whatever that sorting can go by. I suppose you could manually add a column of increasing numbers or a formula to number them like you said above. Some extra work required. I was able to do this. Though after swapping, the column with numbers derived from formula is broken.

I am still curious if there is a way to reverse the order without any column that is in some kind of ascending/descending order already.

Impressive solution! So simple but I hadn't imagined it, thanks! !

Glad you found it useful! It's saved me a lot of time.

Actually, you can sort Excel data in rows using the menu. When you click the "Sort" button and then select "Options...". Click the "Sort left to right" radio button.

Right, but if you can do it the hard way, why would you choose to do it the easy way?