How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel (2 Ways)

If you are looking for some special tricks to promote a row to a column header in Excel, you’ve come to the right place. There are two ways to promote a row to a column header in Excel. This article will discuss two suitable ways of promoting a row to a column header. Let’s follow the complete guide to learn all of this.


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2 Easy Ways to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

In the following section, we will use two effective and tricky ways to promote a row to a column header in Excel. In the first method, a power query is used, and in the second method, an Excel table is used. Depending on your preference, you can use any of the methods. This section provides extensive details on these methods. You should learn and apply these to improve your thinking capability and Excel knowledge. We use the Microsoft Office 365 version here, but you can utilize any other version according to your preference. For demonstration purposes, we will use the following dataset, where you can see the different salesperson monthly sales. Then, we are going to promote a row to a column header.

2 Easy Ways to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel


1. Using Power Query

Here, we will demonstrate how to promote a row to a column header in Excel. Let us first introduce you to our Excel dataset so that you are able to understand what we are trying to accomplish with this article. In the following dataset, we can see the different salesperson monthly sales. Let’s walk through the following steps of promoting a row to a column header in Excel.

Using Power Query

📌 Steps:

  • First of all, select the range of cells, go to the Data tab and select From Table/Range.

How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

  • When the Create Table window appears, select the range of the cells in the Where is the data for your table? box.
  • Then, click on OK.


  • As a result, the Power Query Editor window will appear and you can it will automatically pull the data into it.
  • Now, we are going to promote a row to a column header. To do this go to the Home tab and select Use First Row as Headers.

How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

  • Now, it’s time to close the Power Query Editor and transformed the data into the Excel spreadsheet.
  • To do this select the File tab and click on Close & Load.

  • Therefore, the Power Query Editor will be closed off.
  • You will get the transformed data in a new spreadsheet as shown below.
  • Finally, you will be able to promote a row to a column header using the power query editor as shown below.

How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

Read More: Dealing with Tables with Changing Headers in Power Query


2. Utilizing Excel Table

Here, we will use another method to promote a row to a column header in Excel. Here we will use an Excel table to do this. There are many ways to create an Excel table such as using the Table option, using the Format As Table option, and using VBA Code. You can use any of the methods based on your preference to create an Excel table. Here we will use the Format as Table option to create an Excel table. In the following dataset, we can see the different salesperson monthly sales.  Let’s walk through the following steps to promote a row to a column header in Excel.

Utilizing Excel Table

📌 Steps:

  • Firstly, go to Home Tab, select the Format as Table option and then select any of the styles.

How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

  • When the Create Table window appears, select the range of the cells in the Where is the data for your table? box.
  • Then, click on OK.

  • As a consequence, you will get the following Excel table.

How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

  • Then, you have to delete the Column header.
  • To do this, select the 4th row and right-click on it.
  • Then, click on Delete.

  • Finally, you will be able to promote a row to a column header using an Excel table as shown below.

How to Promote a Row to a Column Header in Excel

Read More: How to Create Excel Table with Row and Column Headers


Conclusion

That’s the end of today’s session. I strongly believe that from now you may be able to promote a row to a column header in Excel. If you have any queries or recommendations, please share them in the comments section below.

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Welcome to my Profile. I am working on and researching Microsoft Excel right now, and I will be posting articles about it here. I received a B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Having studied naval architecture, I have a strong interest in research and development. Always try to learn from different sources and come up with creative solutions.

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