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What is the Difference Between Row and Column in Excel

Posted in General   SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Rows VS Colums

The different properties that together make up a table are called Rows and Columns. The intersection of a row and a column makes a cell that forms the basic unit of storage in excel where the users store and manipulate their data.

Here we will look at the definitions of a row and a column, along with their key differences and examples.

What is a Row in Excel?

Rows

On a spreadsheet or a table, the series of data that is placed horizontally is called a row. The data, numbers, and words are in a horizontal arrangement in a row.

You can reach the last row while navigating through the numbers using:

  • For Windows Users: Control down navigation arrow. As you hold down the Ctrl key, press the down navigation arrow.
  • For Mac Users: Command down navigation arrow. As you hold the Command key press the down navigation arrow.

You can then press the Ctrl or Command along with the up navigation arrow to get back to the first row again.

What is a Column in Excel?

Columns

On a spreadsheet, chart, or table, the vertical series of cells is called the column. Generally, they are placed one after the other in a continuous sequence. To help to enhance readability and attractiveness, the columns are mostly separated from each other by lines in a table.

You can move to the last column by using:

  • For Windows Users: Control right navigation arrow. As you hold down the Ctrl key, press the right navigation arrow.
  • For Mac Users: Command right navigation arrow. As you hold the Command key press the right navigation arrow.

You can then press the Ctrl or Command along with the left navigation arrow to get back to the first column again.

Row VS Column Key Differences

  • A column is a vertical series of cells in a chart, table, or spreadsheet while a row is a series of data put out horizontally in a table or spreadsheet while
  • Columns are arranged from up to down. On the other hand, rows go across left to right.
  • The row heading is indicated by numbers whereas column headings are denoted by letters in a spreadsheet such as MS Excel WPS, LibreOffice, or Google sheet.
  • You can define a column as a vertical division of objects based on category while you can define the row as an order in which objects are placed alongside or horizontally.
  • Most of the information, be it the name, gender, sexuality, etc are placed in the rows whereas the columns consist of the information about someone who has been mentioned in the rows.

Row Examples:

Some real-life examples of Rows are:

  • A queue of children standing one after another
  • Individuals standing in a row at the back of the room.
  • Along a river, the houses are built in a row.
  • Students sitting in the front row of the exam hall.

Column Examples:

Some real-life examples of columns are:

  • Weekly recipe Item
  • Pillar of a building
  • A facade with marble columns


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