Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Removing All Macros.

Removing All Macros

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 25, 2015)

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Gerald asked if there was a way to get rid of all the macros in an Excel workbook, without the need to individually delete them. There are three ways you can accomplish this task. The first (and easiest) method is to simply use Save As (press F12) and use the Save As Type drop-down list to specify that you want to save the workbook in XLSX format. This approach removes all macros as they cannot be saved in this workbook format.

The second approach is essentially a variation on the "new workbook" approach:

  1. Unhide any worksheets that may be hidden.
  2. Select all the worksheets in the workbook. (Click on the first worksheet tab, then hold down Shift as you click on the last worksheet tab.)
  3. Right click on one of the worksheet tabs. Excel displays a Context menu.
  4. Choose Move or Copy from the Context menu. Excel displays the Move or Copy dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Move or Copy dialog box.

  6. Using the To Book drop-down list, choose (new book).
  7. Make sure the Create Copy check box is not selected.
  8. Click on OK.
  9. Rehide any worksheets you unhid in step 1.

Your worksheets have now been moved to a new workbook—one that does not have any macros attached to it. You can now save the new workbook using any file format you desire.

The third approach is to simply work with the existing workbook, and is a viable choice if you feel comfortable with macros in the first place. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Alt+F11 to display the VBA Editor.
  2. In the Project Explorer (upper-left corner of the Editor), right-click on a module that you want to delete. (Remember that macros are stored in modules, and that you should only right-click on a module that is associated with the workbook that you want to cleanse.) Excel displays a Context menu.
  3. Choose the Remove option from the Context menu. The actual wording of the option will include the name of the module you want to remove, such as Remove Module1.
  4. When asked if you want to export the module before removing it, click on No.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for any other modules you want to remove.
  6. Close the VBA Editor.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (10656) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Removing All Macros.

Author Bio

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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2015-07-25 06:54:53

Petros

I agree with Willy. When I don't want to change the XLSB binary workbook extension, I use the Macro Mover addin to remove all macros instantly, without going through code modules.

http://www.spreadsheet1.com/move-excel-vba-projects-from-one-workbook-to-another.html

Binary Excel files can be much smaller in size, but may contain macros. Read more:

http://www.spreadsheet1.com/how-to-save-as-binary-excel-workbook.html

Please note that VBA project references may remain active, if code is removed from modules in the 3rd approach. Only the Macro Mover addin and SaveAs XLSX removes the entire VBA project, including references to libraries or to other workbooks e.g. Personal.xlsb


2015-07-25 05:48:34

Willy Vanhaelen

Saving the file as an .XLSX file is the only method who will for sure remove all macros.

The other two approaches suppose there are only macros in modules but each worksheet or chartsheet has its own code page that can contain macros too especially event macros. The ThisWorksheet code page can have macros as well. They all remain there unless you delete them manually which can be tedious.

The third approach can only be useful if you really don't want to change the extension but then take care of checking the sheet code pages.


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