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


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 (e.g. right click in selection > Delete cells... > Entire row or via the ribbon (see second screenshot))


Sub QuickCull()
    On Error Resume Next
End Sub

Screenshot showing the Go To Special -> Blanks menu Screenshot showing how to use the ribbon to delete entire rows in selection


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


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

This should work.

Set rngRange = Selection.CurrentRegion
lngNumRows = rngRange.Rows.Count
lngFirstRow = rngRange.Row
lngLastRow = lngFirstRow + lngNumRows - 1
lngCompareColumn = ActiveCell.Column
For lngCurrentRow = lngLastRow To lngFirstRow Step -1
If (Cells(lngCurrentRow, lngCompareColumn).Text = "") Then _
Next lngCurrentRow

You can put this code in Sheet Module (Right Mouse Click Sheet Tab and select "View Code"):

Sub Delete_Blank_Rows()

'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
Dim LastRow As Integer

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

 With Application
     .Calculation = xlCalculationManual
     .ScreenUpdating = False

     'Reduce the work on the calc and define the range

     LastRow = Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
     Range("A2:A" & LastRow).Select

     '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
  • 1
    This deletes rows where the entire row is blank? -if does, it's similar to @drnewman answer. Question specifically states: Delete row if cell in certain column is blank.
    – Davidenko
    Mar 22 '15 at 12:12
  • Welcome to Super User! Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question.
    – DavidPostill
    Mar 22 '15 at 13:37

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