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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Transposing and Linking.
Excel offers many different ways to paste information that you have copied. You can see these different methods when you choose the Paste Special option from the Edit menu. Two of the most popular pasting methods are transposing and linking.
Unfortunately, it seems that these two options are mutually exclusive. If you select the Transpose option, the Paste Link button is grayed out so you can no longer select it.
There are two ways you can get around this. One involves modifying the pasting process, and the other involves the use of a formula. The first method is as follows:
Figure 1. The Paste Special dialog box.
Figure 2. The Replace dialog box.
This may seem like a lot of steps, but it is not that bad in reality. Also, if you find yourself doing this procedure a lot, you can create a macro that does it for you.
If you would rather use the formula process, follow these steps:
At this point your information, linked from the original, appears in the selected range.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2652) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Transposing and Linking.
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