Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am a complete newbie to Excel so please excuse me if this is something easy to do. I have looked through a lot of options but couldn't find what I needed.

Basically, I want to delete all of the rows that don't contain a value in column C. How would I go about doing this?

I am doing this manually right now for 5000+ products and it's driving me insane.

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Sep 15 '12 at 13:05

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

Why was a question asked on Stack OverFlow with VBA solutions migrated to Super User? –  brettdj Sep 16 '12 at 6:58

4 Answers 4

Here's some code that seems to do what you want: http://www.ozgrid.com/VBA/VBACode.htm

Here's an excerpt:

Sub DeleteBlankRows1()
    'Deletes the entire row within the selection if the ENTIRE row contains no data.

    'We use Long in case they have over 32,767 rows selected.

    Dim i As Long 

    'We turn off calculation and screenupdating to speed up the macro.

     With Application
         .Calculation = xlCalculationManual
         .ScreenUpdating = False

         'We work backwards because we are deleting rows.

         For i = Selection.Rows.Count To 1 Step -1
              If WorksheetFunction.CountA(Selection.Rows(i)) = 0 Then
              End If
         Next i

        .Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic
        .ScreenUpdating = True
    End With
End Sub
share|improve this answer
This doesn't address the question. It deletes rows where the entire row is blank - the question referred to column C only –  brettdj Sep 15 '12 at 6:09

Here's an easy manual method

  1. Apply an Auto Filter to your sheet
  2. Filter on column C Blank
  3. Select all visible rows
  4. Delete Rows
  5. Remove filter

This process can be automated with VBA if required. Try running the macro recorder to get a start

share|improve this answer

I think the easiest thing assuming you don't have a bunch of other formulas in the other cells is to just sort everything by Column C and then delete all the rows that have a blank for column C(the sort function will put the blank values for column C at the top of the file).

In summary:

  • Click on the folded paper cell above cell marked "1" and to the left of cell marked "A" (to highlight all)
  • Click on Data, and then sort
  • Sort by Column C, and make smallest values be first
  • Just highlight the rows down until you hit the first row with a value for Column C, and delete everything you highlighted
share|improve this answer

You can do this very quickly if the cells are truly blank using SpecialCells


  • Select Column C
  • Press F5, then Special
  • check blanks, then ok (see this step in the pic at bottom)
  • delete the rows that are now selected


Sub QuickCull()
On Error Resume Next
End Sub

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.