Excel - delete rows - if condition

Posted on 2011-02-23
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11

Is there a way to delete rows from a worksheet if the cell in column A is blank? This would be performed on all sheets in the workbook, so I am not sure if there is a macro mechanism for this.

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Question by:tahirih
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Expert Comment

by:Christian de Bellefeuille
ID: 34963591
I don't know any function that would perform that in Excel.

I can write a macro for you if you want

Author Comment

ID: 34963645
Only if you have the time - this would be wonderful.

Again, I would want to remove rows from all sheets where the cell in column A for that row is blank.

Thank you.
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Accepted Solution

byundt earned 1400 total points
ID: 34963666
Here is a macro using the SpecialCells method to get the blank cells.

Sub BlankRowDeleter()
Dim ws As Worksheet
Dim rg As Range
For Each ws In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
    Set rg = Nothing
    On Error Resume Next
    Set rg = ws.Columns("A:A").SpecialCells(xlCellTypeBlanks)
    On Error GoTo 0
    If Not rg Is Nothing Then rg.EntireRow.Delete
End Sub

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Expert Comment

by:Christian de Bellefeuille
ID: 34963678
well, byundt just shifted me... his solution work just fine
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Expert Comment

ID: 34963691
The manual equivalent to the macro is:
1) Select column A
2) F5 and click the Special Cells... button at the bottom of the resulting dialog
3) Choose the option for Blanks
4) Use the Home...Delete...Delete Sheet Rows menu item (in Excel 2010)
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Assisted Solution

gtgloner earned 600 total points
ID: 34963770
Try this code:
Sub deleterow()

    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Dim i As Long
    i = 1
    Do Until i > Cells(65536, "e").End(xlUp).Row
        If Cells(i, "e").Value = "" Then
            i = i + 1
        End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 34963789
You might have to edit the code depending on the column that you are looking for the blanks in.

Author Comment

ID: 34963868
Thank you everyone! I will be revisiting this project in a bit - so your patience is appreciated during the interim.

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Expert Comment

by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 34964744

Brad's suggestion should work quite well.  The only caveat is that if you have >16k rows in your source data, then there is a possibility that SpecialCells will fail.  (SpecialCells fails if it returns >8192 distinct areas.)

The usual workaround for that is to sort the data first.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 34965737
Thank you everyone.

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