How to Delete Blank Columns in Excel & Google Sheets

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Last updated on December 11, 2022

This tutorial demonstrates how to delete blank columns in Excel and Google Sheets.


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Delete Blank Columns

If you have a dataset containing blank columns, you can easily delete them using the COUNTA Function. Say you have the following dataset.


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To delete empty columns completely, follow these steps:

  1. Add one helper row above the dataset, and enter the formula in cell B1:


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This formula counts all non-blank cells in the column.

  1. Now, copy the formula to the right, through to the last populated column (G).


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All blank columns have zeros in the first row.

  1. Select all columns with a value of 0 in the first row (C and E), right-click the selected area, and choose Delete.


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  1. Now, all blank columns are deleted, and you can delete the helper row.


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See also: How to Delete Blank Rows

Delete Blank Columns in Google Sheets

Following exactly the same steps, you can delete blank columns in Google Sheets.


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The COUNTA formula is slightly different in Google Sheets; you do not need to add an end row to the formula.


You can then select the columns that contain a zero and right-click on one of the selected column headers and select Delete selected columns.


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