Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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 Everything Except Formulas.

Deleting Everything Except Formulas

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 11, 2019)

At the beginning of each year Richard makes a copy of the previous year's Excel workbook. To get ready for the new year's data, he then needs to delete everything in the copy except for formulas. Richard wonders if there is a quick way to do this.

Actually, there is a very quick way to manually delete all the non-formula information in a worksheet. Follow these steps:

  1. Press F5. Excel displays the Go To dialog box.
  2. Click Special. Excel displays the Go To Special dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Go To Special dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Constants radio button is selected. (This is extremely important—don't click any other option in the dialog box.)
  5. Click OK. All the cells containing constants (everything except formulas) are selected.
  6. Press the Del key.

If you have a lot of worksheets in a workbook and you want to delete all the constants from each of the worksheets, you might want to use a macro that automates the above steps for the entire workbook.

Sub DelAllConstants()
    Dim wks As Worksheet
    Dim rng As Range

    For Each wks In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
        On Error Resume Next
        Set rng = wks.Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants, 23)
        On Error GoTo 0
        If Not rng Is Nothing Then
            rng.ClearContents
        End If
        Set rng = Nothing
    Next
    Set wks = Nothing
End Sub

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11168) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Deleting Everything Except Formulas.

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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