Agreed. Excel only allows 16,384 columns of data, and most all of the download files exceed that in gene number. At least in the custom downloads page, would it be possible to default to the matrix where the genes are in rows and cell lines in columns? Or at least provide this as an option? Then there would be no issues for the Excel users.
FYI / be aware - if you use excel for this data in general - regardless of column/row orientation - excel will convert some of the gene symbols into dates/times, and then you won’t easily be able to match them up with other datasets and/or will have trouble interpreting the results.
It might make sense to check out R / Rstudio, the interface has gotten quite user friendly. It’s not excel and there will be a learning curve, but you’ll also gain a ton of functionality.
Thanks for this response. I have no experience with R. Could I use Rstudio to open the file and then copy paste the parts I need into excel?
Thanks. I agree. The files are not user-friendly at all. I can’t get one to open even with specific software designed to open csv files.