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: Moving Cells Using the Mouse.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 6, 2018)
As you edit your worksheet, you can use the mouse to move cells from one location to another. You do this by following these steps:
If there is anything already at the target location, Excel may ask you if you want to overwrite the existing cells. You can respond according to your desires.
If you cannot seem to edit this way, or if no heavy border (step 2) appears around your selected range, then drag-and-drop editing is probably turned off on your system. To check this, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Edit tab of the Options dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2648) 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: Moving Cells Using the Mouse.
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