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Excel Guide

How to Move Cells in Excel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Whether you're new to Excel or just need a refresher on how to move cells around, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll show you step-by-step how to move cells in Excel so that you can keep your spreadsheet neat and tidy.

Before We Begin

Before we get started, there are a few things you should know. First, when you move cells in Excel, you are actually moving the contents of those cells - not the cells themselves. Second, when you move cells, you have the option of cutting or copying them. If you choose to cut cells, they will be removed from their current location and pasted in the new location. If you choose to copy cells, they will remain in their current location, and a duplicate will be created in the new location.

How to Move Cells in Excel

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get started! To move cells in Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cells you want to move. You can do this by clicking and dragging your mouse over the cells, or by holding down the Shift key and using the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the cells.
  2. Once the cells are selected, click on the cut or copy button on the toolbar.
  3. Select the cell where you want to paste the cells.
  4. Click on the paste button on the toolbar.
  5. That's it!

Once you've followed these steps, the cells will be moved to the new location. If you chose to cut the cells, they will no longer be in the original location. If you chose to copy the cells, they will remain in the original location as well as the new location.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are a few things to keep in mind when moving cells in Excel. First, when you move cells, any formulas or functions that were referencing the original cell will be updated to reference the new cell. For example, if you have a formula in cell A1 that adds the contents of cell A2 and cell A3, and you move cell A2 to cell A4, the formula in cell A1 will automatically update to add the contents of cell A3 and cell A4.

Second, if you move cells that contain dates or times, the new cells will be updated to reflect the current date and time. For example, if you move a cell that contains the date "1/1/2018" to a new location, the new cell will show the current date. If you move a cell that contains the time "12:00 PM," the new cell will show the current time.

Finally, if you move cells that contain colors, the colors will be updated to match the new cell's location. For example, if you move a cell that contains the color red to a new location, the new cell will be red.

And that's all there is to it! Now you know how to move cells in Excel. Just remember, when you move cells, you're actually moving the contents of those cells - not the cells themselves. And, you have the option of cutting or copying cells. If you choose to cut cells, they will be removed from their current location and pasted in the new location. If you choose to copy cells, they will remain in their current location, and a duplicate will be created in the new location.