What does the “Transpose” feature in Excel do?

a) It converts a range of cells into a chart

b) It swaps rows and columns in a selected range

c) It deletes the content of a cell

d) It highlights duplicates in a range

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b) It swaps rows and columns in a selected range

The “Transpose” feature in Excel allows you to change the orientation of data in a range of cells. It effectively flips the data, converting rows into columns and columns into rows. This can be particularly useful when you want to reorganize your data to make it more suitable for a specific type of analysis, presentation, or formatting.

Here’s how to use the “Transpose” feature in Excel:

  1. Select the range of cells that you want to transpose. This range should include the data you want to flip.
  2. Right-click the selected range, and then choose “Copy” or press Ctrl + C to copy the data to the clipboard.
  3. Select the cell where you want to start the transposed data.
  4. Right-click the destination cell, and then under the “Paste Special” menu, choose “Transpose.”
  5. The data will be pasted into the new location with the rows and columns switched.

Alternatively, you can use a formula to transpose data. For example, if you want to transpose data from range A1:D4 to E1:H3, you can use the following formula:


After typing the formula, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter instead of just Enter. Excel will automatically calculate the transposed values.

The “Transpose” feature is handy when you need to restructure your data quickly or when you want to work with data in a different format. It can be beneficial for tasks such as data consolidation, creating charts, or rearranging data for better analysis or reporting.