Sometimes when working with data in Excel, you may have a need to move rows and columns in the dataset. For example, in the below dataset, I want to quickly move the highlighted row to the top.

Now, are you thinking of copying this row, inserting the copied row where you want it, and then deleting it? If yes – well that’s one way to do this. But there is a lot faster way to move rows and columns in Excel. In this tutorial, I will show you a fast way to move rows and columns in Excel – using an amazing shortcut.

Move Rows in Excel

Suppose I have the following dataset and I want to move the highlighted row to the second row (just below the headers):

Here are the steps to do this: Below is a video that shows how to move a row using this method.

Note that in this example, I have moved the selected cells only. If you want to move the entire row, you can select the entire row and then follow the same steps. Here are some important things to know about this method:

You can move contiguous rows (or some cells from the contiguous rows). You can’t move non-contiguous rows using this method. For example, you can’t move row # 4 and 6 at the same time. However, you can move row #5 and 6 at the same time by selecting it. When you move some cells in a row/column using this method, it will not impact any other data in the worksheet. In the above example, any data outside (above/below or to the right/left of this table) remains unaffected.

Move Columns in Excel

The same technique can also be used to move columns in Excel.

Here are the steps:

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