A trick to flip a column upside down in Excel

Excel users can sort a column using the Sort feature available as part of Sort & Filter menu. But what if you want to flip a column upside down. Let us see this with an example column having some text values as shown below.

We will not be able to apply sort feature directly on this column to flip the data instead we can add a dummy column and use that for sorting the text values.

Step 1: Insert a new column before the existing column.
Step 2: Now use Auto Fill feature to fill the temp with numbers as shown below

Step 3: Now you can use the Sort feature on column1 and make sure to sort by descending order. Also include the column2 in Sort sleection list.

Step 4: Once the columns are sorted, delete the temp column with numbers.

In Category: Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013, MS Office

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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