Power Query lets you perform a series of steps to transform your Excel data.  One of the steps it allows you to take is to reverse the order of rows very easily.



To provide a quick comparison, it’s not straightforward to reverse rows in Excel without Power Query:

We have our data that we want to reverse the row order:

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Since Excel does not have a Reverse Row function, we need to add a Helper column manually that has the order listed out (from 1 to 10).

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We use the Sort function and select Sort Largest to Smallest.

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The data is now in reverse order.

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Let’s go through the steps in detail on how to do it easily in Power Query:


STEP 1: Select your data and turn it into an Excel Table by pressing the shortcut Ctrl + T or by going to Insert > Table

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STEP 2: Go to Data > Get & Transform > From Table (Excel 2016) or Power Query > Excel Data > From Table (Excel 2013 & 2010)

Excel 2016:

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Excel 2013 & 2010:

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STEP 3: This will open up the Power Query Editor.

Currently you can see the Ranks ordered from First to Tenth. We want to reverse the ordering of the rows.

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STEP 4: Within here you need to select Transform > Reverse Rows

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STEP 5: Now you will see your changes take place. The Ranks are now ordered from Tenth to First.

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STEP 6: Click Close & Load from the Home tab and this will open up a brand new worksheet in your Excel workbook with the updated data.

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You now have your new table in reverse order.

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