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How to list column header names in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-25

Navigating a large Excel spreadsheet with numerous columns that overflow across multiple pages can be cumbersome, especially when you need to scroll back and forth to view and locate specific column header names. If you're looking for an easier way to access and organize these headers, there are several efficient techniques you can employ. This guide will show you simple tricks to quickly list and identify all column header names in your Excel spreadsheet, enhancing your data management efficiency.

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arrow blue right bubble List column header names with the Paste Special command

Microsoft Excel's Paste Special command can transpose a row to a column. Therefore, if you want to view all column names at a glance without scrolling, you can try to transpose the row that contains the column header names to a column.

Step 1: Select the row containing the column header names.

Step 2: Copy this row.
Step 3: In a blank area, right-click, and select the doc-list-column-names-3 Transpose button. 

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Then you will see all column header names are copied and pasted in a single column. See screenshot:

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However, this way only helps you view the column header names quickly, but not navigate and locate them.


arrow blue right bubble List and locate column header names with Kutools for Excel

Here is another easy way with the third part add-in,  Kutools for Excel.  Its Navigation Pane tool can list all workbook and sheet names, column header names, and range names in an added pane.

Note: To apply this Navigation Pane feature, firstly, you should download and install Kutools for Excel.

Just click the Navigation button under the Kutools Tab, and it displays the Navigation pane at the left. Under the Column Tab, it lists all column header names.

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Thanks for this information. Very helpful. Well presented (easy to find what I needed and follow along)!
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