Excel TRANSPOSE Function (Table of Contents)
TRANSPOSE in Excel
Suppose you receive a spreadsheet with lots of data for working. Before getting started, you realize that you have to rearrange the data for the desired output. Means, you have to display the results by changing the rows into columns or vice- versa. There are two ways of doing this:
- Copy and Paste
- Transpose Function
Now we will see, when we have Copy and Paste feature of excel, then what is the use of Transpose function?
TRANSPOSE Formula in Excel
Below is the TRANSPOSE Formula in Excel
Copy and Paste Feature
It’s the simpler way of transposing the data. Let’s assume below data and we want to convert this data from columns into rows.
Select anywhere in the data and press CTRL+A for selecting whole data and press CTRL+C for copying that data. Then click on the cell where we want to see the result. Press Right click and you will see PASTE OPTIONS segment. Under this option click on 4th option “ Transpose” as per below screenshot:
It will convert the data from columns into rows. Please check the below result like this:
When we have a simple set of data, then this method is easy to transpose but when we are working on a complex set of data like Tables or Function, then this method is not preferred to use. Also, this feature has a drawback. If we make any changes in the source data, then it will not affect our result set. Means we need to make the changes accordingly in our result set too. The resulting data is not linked with the source data here.
For overcome to this problem, TRANSPOSE function come in place.
How to Use the TRANSPOSE Function in Excel?
This TRANSPOSE function is very simple and easy to use. Let us now see how to use the TRANSPOSE Function with the help of some examples.
The TRANSPOSE function is a built-in function. It takes a row and convert it into a column, or a column and convert it into a row. In other words, we can say exchanging a row or a column.
Excel TRANSPOSE Function – Example #1
Let’s consider, we have an Electronic store sales data day wise:
Now we want to convert this data from rows into columns. First, we will copy and paste the Product name from column to rows & Day name from rows to column.
Now click on cell B28 and select the above blank area. Go to formula bar and write the TRANSPOSE function. Select the data range from the source table for which we want to transpose as an argument and press F4.
Close the bracket and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. It will display the data in the same format as you want.
Here, data is linked with the source table. Thus, If we make any changes in the source table, then it will automatically reflect in the result table.
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