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How to Delete Rows With Blank Cells in Excel & Google Sheets

This tutorial demonstrates how to delete rows with blank cells in Excel and Google Sheets.

 

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Delete Rows With Blanks

Say you have a data range that contains rows with blanks, and you want to delete those rows. There are a few ways to do this, including using Excel features like Find & Select or Filter.

Find & Select

To delete rows with blanks using the Find & Select feature in Excel, use Go To Special.

  1. In the Ribbon, go to Home > Find & Select > Go To Special.

 

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  1. In the Go To Special dialog box select Blanks and click OK.

 

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  1. Now, all the blank cells in that range are selected.

 

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  1. To delete these blank cells, right-click anywhere in the selected range. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Delete and choose Table Rows.

 

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As a result, the rows with blanks are deleted.

 

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Possible Issue With Find & Select

This method is only good to use on small tables and where there are no blank cells in a row with data, because if a row with data contains just one blank cell, the entire row is deleted. If you have a larger table, it’s not easy to see the potential data loss.

Say you have this table of products, and you want to delete Rows 4, 6, and 8 because they are empty.

 

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If you applied Steps 1–4 above, Rows 3 and 5 would also be deleted, because these rows contain both data and blanks.

 

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Filter for Blanks

A safer way to delete rows with blanks is to use the Filter feature.

  1. First, select the data. Then in the Ribbon, go to Data and click on Filter.

 

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  1. Click on the arrow in the column header (the Product column) and check the Blanks box. Click OK.

 

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  1. Select all the filtered rows by pressing CTRL + HOME. Then press the Down Arrow key to go to the first data row and press CTRL + SHIFT + END. Right-click anywhere within the selected range and from the drop-down menu, choose Delete row.

 

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  1. Confirm deleting the entire row by clicking OK.

 

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  1. To clear the filter, in the Ribbon go to Data and click on Clear.
    To turn off the filter altogether, click on Filter.

 

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As a result, the blank rows are deleted.

 

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Note: You can also use VBA code to remove blank rows.

Delete Rows With Blanks in Google Sheets

To delete rows with blanks in Google Sheets, just follow these steps:

  1. First, select the range. Then, in the Toolbar, go to Data, and from the drop-down menu, choose Create a filter.

 

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  1. Click on the filter icon and in the drop-down menu, check Blanks. Click OK.

 

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  1. Now, select the first cell in the range (A2). Then press the SHIFT key and click on the last cell of the range (C9). This selects the entire range. Right-click somewhere within that range, and from the drop-down menu, choose Delete selected rows.

 

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  1. In the Menu, go to Data > Turn off filter.

 

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The rows with blanks are deleted.

 

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