Can I rearrange blocks of data or ranges of cases and variables in a data file?

There are three types of operations that you can use to rearrange blocks of data or ranges of cases and variables in a data file: Clipboard-based, global, and drag-and-drop-based; they operate differently and can produce different effects.

Clipboard-based operations. The standard Clipboard-based operations of cut, copy, and paste (implemented via the standard Clipboard keyboard, toolbar, or menu commands)  affect only the contents of blocks of data, rows, or columns. They do not influence the overall size of the datafile (e.g., they can empty a column but will not remove the column from the spreadsheet).

Global operations. Global operations (accessible from the and Spreadsheet toolbar buttons and the Insert menu) are performed on entire rows or columns as "units"; for example, they move or delete entire columns, not only their contents. Hence, the size of the datafile increases or decreases when you use these options.

Drag-and-drop operations. STATISTICA supports standard (Microsoft Excel-style) drag-and-drop facilities, allowing you to easily perform both Clipboard-style (but without using the Clipboard) and global (if the insert mode is implemented by pressing the SHIFT key) operations; for details see What are the drag-and-drop facilities?.