How to Move Rows in Excel

Moving rows in Excel is a fundamental skill that streamlines data organization. We’ll explore four methods to achieve this seamlessly.

Method 1: The Mouse

Selection: Begin by selecting the rows you wish to move.

Drag and Drop: Click and hold on the selected rows, then drag them to the desired location. Release the mouse button to drop them in place.

Method 2: Keyboard Shortcuts

Selection: Highlight the rows you want to relocate.

Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Keys: Press Ctrl+Shift along with the arrow keys to shift the selected rows to the new destination.

Method 3: Using the Home Tab

Selection: Select the target rows.

Cut and Paste:

  • Go to the Home tab.
  • In the Cells group, click Cut.
  • Click on the cell where you want the rows to land.
  • Again, on the Home tab, select Paste.

Method 4: VBA Code (For Advanced Users)

If you’re comfortable with VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), you can automate row movement using code. Here’s an example:

Sub move_rows()
Dim rowsToMove As Range
Dim destinationRow As Long
Set rowsToMove = Range("A1:A5")
destinationRow = 10
rowsToMove.Cut Destination:=Range("A" & destinationRow)
End Sub

This code shifts rows 1 to 5 to row 10.

Choose the method that suits your needs best, and you’ll be effortlessly moving rows in Excel to enhance your data organization.


  • Ensure that the destination area has enough space to accommodate the moved rows.
  • Take care when using drag-and-drop to prevent accidental movement of data.