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How to swap contents between rows or columns in Excel?

Sometimes, when we use a worksheet, we need to swap the rows or the columns. For example, I want to exchange column A with column D, the first thing that came to my mind is to use copy and paste command. In fact, except the copy and paste, there are some other methods to solve this problem.

Swap rows or columns with VBA code

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Transpose data from rows to multiple columns quickly in Excel worksheet:

With Kutools for Excel’s Transform Range feature, you can quickly transpose the data from one row or column to multiple rows or columns and vice versa.

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1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Sub SwapTwoRange()
'Updateby20131113
Dim Rng1 As Range, Rng2 As Range
Dim arr1 As Variant, arr2 As Variant
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set Rng1 = Application.Selection
Set Rng1 = Application.InputBox("Range1:", xTitleId, Rng1.Address, Type:=8)
Set Rng2 = Application.InputBox("Range2:", xTitleId, Type:=8)
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
arr1 = Rng1.Value
arr2 = Rng2.Value
Rng1.Value = arr2
Rng2.Value = arr1
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Then click button to run the code, a dialog is popped out for you to select the two ranges you want to swap with, see screenshots:

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4. After clicking Ok, the two ranges are swapped. See screenshots:

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The code may be are difficult for starters of Excel, is there a simple way to do it quickly and time-saving. Of course, Kutools for Excel can help you swap rows or columns quickly and comfortably.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, you can swap two columns or rows quickly.

1. Click Kutools > Range > Swap ranges,see screenshot:

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2. In the Swap Ranges dialog box, click  button from Swap Range 1 to select column A that you want to swap, and then click  button from Swap Range 2 to select column D.( Note: The ranges for swapping must be identical in the same size.)

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3. Then click OK. The two columns have been swapped and the cell formatting is swapped as well. See screenshots:

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With this Swap Ranges utility, you are not only can swap rows or columns but also can swap contents of two ranges. Click here to know more about this feature.

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    Akhil · 4 years ago
    Okk is there any way we can create a MACRO for it to do it fast bcz it won't be possible everytime to copy that code from somewhere and put it out there to Swap that Rows and Columns .
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    Sean · 4 years ago
    or you can just hold the shift key and drag the column where you want it to go
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    Kinane · 4 years ago
    I've tried the VBA code solution.
    It seemed to work fine until now.
    In the range i swap, there is a URL cell (i.e. hyperlink). Although the swap looks ok, the hyperlinks are not updated. It still points to the URL of the original range.
    Is there any code patch to handle this?
    thank you.
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    richy · 4 years ago
    Learn how to spell. Ridiculous. Emial. Really?
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    joey · 4 years ago
    Please learn how to spell before posting on the web.
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    karolans · 5 years ago
    So in short, there is no built-in way to swap columns. Fail :)