Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Quickly Deleting Rows and Columns.

Quickly Deleting Rows and Columns

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 9, 2017)

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You probably already know how to completely delete rows or columns by using Excel's menu commands or the tools on the ribbon. Excel provides an even quicker way to delete rows or columns, however. All you need to do is select the row or column that you want to delete, and then press Ctrl+- (that's Ctrl and the minus sign at the same time). Excel removes the row or column from your worksheet, as directed.

You probably already know how to completely delete rows or columns by using the tools on the ribbon. Excel provides an even quicker way to delete rows or columns, however. All you need to do is select the row or column that you want to delete, and then press Ctrl+- (that's Ctrl and the minus sign at the same time). Excel removes the row or column from your worksheet, as directed.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12424) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Quickly Deleting Rows and Columns.

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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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What is one more than 9?

2017-11-19 11:41:16

MIchael Armstrong

Do you have to use the + and - on the numeric keypad? It's hard to press + (requiring a shift) and - (no shift) at the same time on the standard keyboard. Some laptops don't have the numeric keypad.


2017-11-18 12:36:17

Elliot Penna

Allen, the second paragraph is redundant. Were you planning to give us in this tip the corollary: how to insert rows or columns:.


2017-09-11 14:03:28

Roger

The quick selection plus the quick delete makes for a super tip. Thanks!


2017-09-11 02:39:47

Petr

I would add that it's super fast with selecting row by using shift+space or column by using ctrl+space


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