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:
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.
At this point your information, linked from the original, appears in the selected range.
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Katie 06 Oct 2016, 14:06
Thanks so much, this is just what I needed!
MC 24 Aug 2016, 18:14
Very thankful for this great tip! A life saver :)
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Chad 20 Jun 2016, 09:47
so clever lol
anurag singhvi 15 Mar 2016, 06:20
thanks for the great formula.
Ninni 10 Feb 2016, 03:47
I have been looking for this forever! Thank you for sharing, I appreciate this site so much.
Jens 04 Feb 2016, 11:10
This is genius! Thanks!
Ana 28 Oct 2015, 14:48
OMG! This tip just saved my life, I´ve stuck on a spreadsheet forever because of this!!(I used the formula and it worked perfectly!)
Thank you so much!
Rhemerus 18 Oct 2015, 03:59
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gdub 21 Sep 2015, 22:38
Awesome - i never write comments but this saved me a ton of time! Thank you for the saved hrs.
Edgar 21 Sep 2015, 14:51
Great tip, thanks a lot !
Fernando Cava 31 Aug 2015, 05:19
Many thanks from Spain
Joan Richmann 18 Aug 2015, 17:22
You just saved me hours of work! I knew there had to be a way!!
Arvind 13 Jul 2015, 08:23
Really great solution. Thanks a lot.
Jayu 11 Jul 2015, 14:38
Thank you for this site.
Please help me in my problem.
I was using this guide in linking cells from multiple sheets into a Master sheet.
For example, I copy A1-A5 from sheet 1 onto A1-A5 of the Master sheet.
Then A1-A5 of sheet 2 to B1-B5 of the Master sheet.
Then A1-A5 of sheet 3 to C1-C5 of the Master sheet, and so on...
But I have more than a hundred sheets. Is there a faster way to do this? Thank you very much. Any tip would be appreciated.
ss 10 Jun 2015, 05:33
Jordan G 09 Jun 2015, 15:21
Definitely appreciate this tip...you saved me at least an hour or 2 of work with it.
Christopher Owen 03 May 2015, 23:14
Dear Allen Wyatt,
Please accept my deepest gratitude for providing this tip. I have been searching for some time for this solution. It has made a big difference for my work. Many Thanks.
Lisa 10 Apr 2015, 08:37
For Steps 15-17- the links do not go back to the values, it takes me to a file folder. Any suggestions?
Mohamed Mafaz 01 Apr 2015, 05:14
Rather than that copy 3 columns and 5 rows data (15 cells) from the source sheet. then goto another sheet and paste special > paste link... then fix all link cell by select cell > press F2 to edit > press F4 to fix cell (A1 --> $A$1) > then enter, repeat for all 15 cells. then select all those 15 cells and copy > paste special > transpose... there u done
BM 21 Mar 2015, 13:50
Worked on Excel 2013... Great tip...Saves ton of work! Thanks!!
myrto 19 Mar 2015, 08:22
Perfect tip!!Exactly what i was looking for!thank you very much
George 15 Mar 2015, 07:59
Thank you very much for the great tip! It saved me from a lot of work. Keep on the good work!
Regards from Greece.
Oz 27 Feb 2015, 14:08
Great tip, thank you very much. Saved me tons of time!
eka 23 Jan 2015, 11:44
I figured it out! The same method works (changing to text and then back to formula)..thanks a lot!!!
eka 23 Jan 2015, 11:11
How can I get rid of the zeros from blank cells?
Onyeka Nwaogu 22 Jan 2015, 14:44
This is most helpful...thanks!
matt 16 Dec 2014, 19:22
If you don't want to define a bunch of names you can also select your range to transpose/link to and use the following paste:
put your own range in there) followed by the control+shift+enter
banglaboy 16 Dec 2014, 02:55
really splendid... this is the best tip I got ever.
ganesh india 12 Dec 2014, 06:03
excellent....just loved it
tin 10 Dec 2014, 19:01
genius!!!!! love it
Helen 09 Dec 2014, 06:29
Thanks very much these tips have saved me a huge headache! First formular worked perfectly for me.
Larry 31 Oct 2014, 15:56
Transposing and Linking - The solution above is so simple to solve the problem ... it is absolutely brilliant!!! I am a 40 year programmer and this thought never occurred to me ... if you cannot paste links, make the link text and then do it. Absolutely brilliant.
Bharat Naruka 30 Oct 2014, 16:16
Awesome!! You are the best!!
milton 21 Oct 2014, 04:58
Kudos, tks so much!
Ben 08 Oct 2014, 10:34
That is brilliant thanks saved me loads of time
dboy 17 Sep 2014, 11:14
Absolutely amazing! helped me build a reporting template that linked to different worksheets!!
Ara 10 Sep 2014, 02:42
One of the best (and surprisingly easy) tricks I've learned! Thank you! Hands down.
JJ 01 Sep 2014, 10:59
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samer 22 Jul 2014, 17:21
This is just one of the Absolutely Most Wicked Awesome Tip Evers.... Cheers and Much Hugs and Respect.
Dermot 26 Jun 2014, 11:24
What a smart tip. You have saved he hours of work. Thank you so much
NIRAJ 15 Jun 2014, 14:20
Nice tip. Excellent job
lenogooch 19 Apr 2014, 02:30
Fantastic. So simple. Thank you for sharing
Moe 18 Apr 2014, 08:42
Thank you for the tip. Great.
Steph 08 Apr 2014, 08:49
ah.. genius thank you. Nice trick to remember £= and = ... who knew.
Mike 24 Mar 2014, 19:17
Brilliant tip, thank you.
BKelly 20 Mar 2014, 15:49
Thank you so much! This saved me some time. I used that =Transpose() array formula before, but it would not let me turn the transposed data into a table object. I thought I needed to write a macro, but with your copy/paste solution, I can now link my data and use a table object.
G3X 20 Nov 2013, 14:42
Fantastic solution! Thank you for sharing!
Jo Foster 14 Nov 2013, 05:19
This is fantastic, so easy to follow and is going to save me so much time. THANK YOU
from Mada 07 Nov 2013, 05:49
thank you very much. very clever. from Madagascar
Tony 06 Nov 2013, 10:22
This is so elegant - thank you! The trick of converting formulae to text and back I can imagine has other uses too.
rodeyns Nicolai 01 Nov 2013, 05:36
GREAT JOB. You are an angel now with a transpose PhD! I can't believe it works!!! and this after 10 years suffering, time wasting and frustrations!
The next step is you to sell the Microsoft gang your build in macro solution! Call it Quickstep transpose TP F1-MAX.
Go for it, a fortune is waiting.
Earle Wallbank 18 Oct 2013, 07:27
Simple = Best!
Thanks for this tip (I'm now using the manual method).
ech0 27 Aug 2013, 07:23
Thanks SO much - this helped me create dynamic forms containing calculated totals from multiple sheets. I appreciate your efforts :)
raza 20 Jul 2013, 05:37
great tip... worked for me and saved me huge amount of time.
Mac Benoy 15 Jun 2013, 02:51
Brilliant! I have used (and taught at uni) Excel for 22 years and learnt 2 new procedures - the TRANSPOSE command and ctrl-shift-enter for mass entry of formulae. THANKS
Itok 27 May 2013, 23:14
Many thanks for this great tips.....
it works for me :D
Greeting from Indonesia