How to Reverse Order of Data in Excel (4 Useful Methods)

To illustrate, we have used 2 types of datasets in Excel; one for horizontally reversing, and the other one for vertically reversing, the data order that contains the Categories and Quantities of some Products.

Vertical Flip:

Horizontal Flip:

Method 1 – Reverse Order of Data Using Excel Sort Dialog Box

1.1 Column Order

Steps:

• Type Order as the column heading in the column adjacent to Quantity.
• Enter a series of numbers in the Order column (1, 2, 3 & 4) like in the screenshot below.

• Select the total dataset (B4:D8).
• Go to the Data tab.

• Go to the Sort & Filter group and select the Sort option from there.

• The Sort dialog box will pop up.
• Select Order from the Sort by dropdown.
• From the Order dropdown, choose Largest to Smallest.
• Click OK to reverse the column order.

• This will sort the data based on the values of the Order columns, reversing the order of the names in the data.

Read More: How to Reverse Column Order in Excel

1.2 Row Order

Steps:

• Enter Order as the row’s heading in the row below.
• Enter a series of numbers (1, 2, 3 & 4) in the Order row.
• Select the whole dataset.
• Go to the Data tab.

• From the Sort & Filter group, click on the Sort option.

• The Sort dialog box will appear.
• Click on Options in the Sort dialog box.

• The Sort Options dialog box will open up. Select Sort left to right.
• Click OK.

• Go to the Sort dialog box and select Row 6 from the Sort by dropdown (the row that contains the Order of your dataset).
• Select Largest to Smallest from the Order dropdown.
• Click the OK button.

• The result is a horizontal flip of the entire dataset (B4:F6).

Method 2 – Use Excel Data Tab to Reverse Order of a Table

Steps:

• Select the values (D5:D8) under the Order column.
• Go to the Data tab.

• Click on the option (see the screenshot below) from the Sort & Filter group.

• The Sort Warning dialog box will appear.
• Select Expand the selection from the dialog box.
• Click OK.

• It will reverse the data order of an entire table.

Method 3 – Data Order Reversing with Excel Functions

3.1 SORTBY Function

Steps:

• Copy the table headers (Product Category & Quantity) and paste them into the location (cells E4 & F4) where you want the reversed table.

• Go to the cell (E5) of the left-most header.
• Reverse the data order type the following formula in the cell:
`=SORTBY(\$B\$5:\$C\$8,ROW(B5:B8),-1)`
• Press the Enter key to get the final result like the screenshot below.

Here, the range \$B\$5:\$C\$8 indicates the contents of the whole dataset. The \$ sign is for locking the range.

3.2 INDEX Function

Steps:

• Place the column headers in the specific location just like the previous method.

• To reverse the order of data, enter the following formula in cell E5:
`=INDEX(\$B\$5:\$C\$8,ROWS(B5:\$B\$8),COLUMNS(\$B\$5:B5))`
• After pressing Enter, you will get the last content of the column.

• Drag the fill handle both right & down to get the entire reversed table (E5:F8).

Method 4 – Apply VBA in Excel to Flip Data

4.1 Vertical Order

Steps:

• Choose the B5:C8 data range.
• Go to the Developer tab and select Visual Basic from the Code group.

• The Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window will open.
• Go to the Insert tab and click on Module.

• Hence a Code window will appear.
• You need to insert the VBA code below in the Code window.  Make sure to keep the cursor in the module before clicking the play button.
``````Sub Reverse_Vertical_Order()
Dim Initial_Row As Variant
Dim Last_Row As Variant
Dim First_Num As Integer
Dim Final_Num As Integer
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
First_Num = 1
Final_Num = Selection.Rows.Count
Do While First_Num < Final_Num
Initial_Row = Selection.Rows(First_Num)
Last_Row = Selection.Rows(Final_Num)
Selection.Rows(Final_Num) = Initial_Row
Selection.Rows(First_Num) = Last_Row
First_Num = First_Num + 1
Final_Num = Final_Num - 1
Loop
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub``````

• It will reverse the order of data in the table successfully.

4.2 Horizontal Order

Steps:

• Go to the Developer tab and select Visual Basic.

• Select the Module from the Insert dropdown.

• Enter the following VBA code and click the play button after keeping the cursor in the module.
``````Sub Reverse_Horizontal_Order()
Dim RowRange As Range
Dim RowArray As Variant
Dim Row1 As Integer, Row2 As Integer, Row3 As Integer
On Error Resume Next
RowTitleId = "Reversing Data Horizontally"
Set RowRange = Application.Selection
Set RowRange = Application.InputBox("Cell Range Selection", _
RowArray = RowRange.Formula
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.Calculation = RowlCalculationManual
For Row1 = 1 To UBound(RowArray, 1)
Row3 = UBound(RowArray, 2)
For Row2 = 1 To UBound(RowArray, 2) / 2
RowArray_Temp = RowArray(Row1, Row2)
RowArray(Row1, Row2) = RowArray(Row1, Row3)
RowArray(Row1, Row3) = RowArray_Temp
Row3 = Row3 - 1
Next
Next
RowRange.Formula = RowArray
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Application.Calculation = RowlCalculationAutomatic
MsgBox "Done"
End Sub``````

• A window named Reversing Data Horizontally will pop up.
• Select the data range (C4:F5) after keeping the cursor in the Cell Range Selection box.
• Click OK.

• The Microsoft Excel window will appear. Click OK.

• After running the code and choosing the cell range, the horizontally arranged data will be flipped.

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