Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Moving Cells Using the Mouse.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 12, 2016)
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 Advanced option of the Excel Options dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12351) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Moving Cells Using the Mouse.
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