How to Use the TRANSPOSE Function in Microsoft Excel

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In Brief...

The TRANSPOSE function will return a horizontal range of cells as a vertical range or a vertical range as a horizontal range. To use the TRANSPOSE function in Excel, decide on the range of cells you want to transpose and follow these steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. On the Formulas tab, in the Function Library group, click the Insert Function command.
    Insert Function

  2. In the Insert Function dialog box:
    1. Search on "TRANSPOSE" or, in the Or select a category drop-down box, select Recommended.
    2. Under Select a function, select TRANSPOSE.
    3. Click OK.
      Transpose in Insert Function Dialog Box

  3. In the Function Arguments dialog box:
    1. In the Array data entry field, enter the range of cells or an array of values you want to transpose.
    2. Click OK.
      Function Arguments Dialog Box

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