Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. 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: Deleting a View.

Deleting a View

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 18, 2023)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021


It is inevitable—whenever you add something, you will later want to delete it. When you have finished with a project or you simply no longer have need for a particular view, you will want to get rid of it. To do this, follow these steps:4

  1. Display the View tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Custom Views tool in the Workbook Views group. Excel displays the Custom Views dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Custom Views dialog box.

  4. From the list of views in the dialog box, select the view you want to delete.
  5. Click on the Delete button. Excel asks if you want to delete the view.
  6. Click on OK. The view is removed from the list of those available.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 5 for each additional view you want to delete.
  8. Click on Close to get rid of the Custom Views dialog box.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7219) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Deleting a View.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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