In Excel, sometimes you need to move columns to enhance readability or to align with specific requirements. In this article, we will go through the 3 Main Methods on How to Move Columns in Excel:
Let’s look at these methods thoroughly!
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Select and Drag Columns
By far the easiest and most straightforward way to move columns in Excel is the Select and Drag Method. Here’s how to do it:
Cut and Paste Columns
Another useful way to move columns in Excel is the Cut and Paste method. Here’s how to do it:
Select the first column you want to move. Click on the header letter of the column to select it. Right-click on the selected column and choose “Cut” from the context menu, or use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + X” to cut the column.
Select the column where you want to place the cut column. Click on the header letter of the target column. Right-click on the target column header and choose “Insert Cut Cells” from the context menu, or use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Shift + V” to paste the cut column.
Using Sort Data Feature
Let’s say you want to move all of the columns this exact order: Country, First Name, Last, and Time. To move columns in Excel using the sort feature, you can follow these steps:
Select the entire dataset that contains the columns you want to move. You can click and drag the mouse pointer to select the range, or you can press Command+A (⌘+A) to select the entire sheet if your dataset occupies the entire sheet.
With the dataset selected, go to the “Data” tab in the Excel ribbon at the top of the window. Look for the “Sort” button and click on it to open the Sort dialog box.
Choose the sort order for the selected column by clicking the Options button. If you want to move the column to the beginning, select “A to Z” (ascending) or “Smallest to Largest.” If you want to move the column to the end, select “Z to A” (descending) or “Largest to Smallest.”
Note: The sort method can be useful when you want to move a column to a specific position relative to other columns in the dataset.
There you have it! By using the three main techniques described in this article you can effectively rearrange columns to enhance data organization and streamline your Excel workflow.