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How to Move Cells in Google Sheets Without Overwriting (2024)

May 8, 2024

How to Move Cells in Google Sheets Without Overwriting 

To manage and analyze your data efficiently, follow the steps below to move cells in Google Sheets without overwriting. 

1. Highlight the Row to Be Moved

Suppose you want to rearrange our dataset and move the "Widget C" row to another location. Highlight the entire row by clicking and dragging from cell A4 to E4.

how to move cells in google sheets without overwriting

2. Cut the Highlighted Row with Right-Click Menu or Ctrl+X/Cmd+X

Right-click on the highlighted cells and select 'Cut', or press Ctrl+X (Cmd+X for Mac). This signals that you intend to move this row elsewhere.

3. Click on New Destination Cell for the Top-Left Corner of Moved Data

Decide where you want to place the "Widget C" data. Click on the cell where you want the top-left corner of the moved data to begin. Ensure the destination doesn't contain data you want to keep, as moving cells here will shift existing data down.

4. Paste the Cut Row into Its New Location 

Right-click on the chosen destination cell and select 'Paste', or press Ctrl+V (Cmd+V for Mac). The "Widget C" row now occupies the new location, and Google Sheets automatically shifts other rows to accommodate this change without overwriting them.

5. Adjust Column Widths or Row Heights if the Data Doesn't Fit Well

After moving, if the data seems misaligned or the cells don't fit well, adjust the column widths or row heights. Click and drag the borders of the column headers or row numbers to resize.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to move cells in Google Sheets without overwriting. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to find p value in Google Sheets or our article on how to use Goal Seek in Google Sheets.

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