How to pivot Excel rows into columns ?

How to pivot the rows of an Excel table into columns? It’s relatively simple. You just need to select the area you want to rotate, in our example it is an Excel table with financial amounts and months. On the other hand, the special paste of the copied data is the Excel option to rotate the rows into columns.

How to pivot the rows of an Excel table into columns in three steps ?


Here are 3 simple steps to rotate rows into columns in Excel

  1. Select the rows to pivot
  2. Copy the rows with CTRL + C for example
  3. Paste the rows to be rotated, with the special paste option: Transpose.


In fact, here are the details of the three steps to transpose the rows of the Excel table into columns.

1 – First of all, select the whole area to be rotated in the Excel sheet. With the mouse or the arrows if it is a large area. Or with the shortcut CTRL+A for a table.

2 – Then copy the table to be rotated with CTRL+C or right-click and Copy.

Capturing the source data to pivot from rows of an Excel table into columns
Select the data to pivot
  1. Then right-click, select Paste Special, then Transpose, as shown in the image below.
Using the Paste Special option to rotate the rows of an Excel table into columns
Selecting the data to be rotated with Excel


Result: The contents of the table or rows are transposed to the new location. The months are now in columns, and the different amount types are on the column headers of the new table.

Screenshot of the transport result after the pivot of Excel table from lines to columns
Data table before and after the pivot


As a result, Pivoting Excel rows into columns is quick using Excel’s native transposition.

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