How to Shift Cells Up and Down

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We can shift columns down by highlighting the entire cells and using the cursor arrow to drag down the cells to the point we want it to be. This tutorial will teach us how to shift cells up and down in excel.

Figure 1: Shift cells down 

Data to Shift Cells in Excel

  • We will prepare a table of data as shown in Figure 2

Figure 2: How to shift cells down

  • We will highlight the section of the table whose content we want to shift down by dragging the cursor across all the cells we want to shift down.

Figure 3: Highlighted cells

  • We will place the cursor on the edge of the top line that we have highlighted, until the shape of the cursor changes to a crucifix with arrowheads on the four angles. Once the cursor has changed to the crucifix shape, we will left-click and drag down the entire cells to our desired position.

Figure 4: Shifted cells

How to shift cells up

  • We will repeat the same procedure above to shift cells up by placing the cursor on the edge of the top line that we have highlighted, When the shape of the cursor changes to a crucifix with arrow heads on the four angles, we will left-click and drag up the entire cells to our desired position.

Figure 5: Shift cells up

Note: We can apply the same procedure to shift cells to the left and shift cells to the right.