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How to Delete Cells in Excel

How to Delete Cells in Excel 2019 EN (delete)

If you later decide you no longer need a group of cells, columns, or rows, you can delete them. Deleting a cell differs from clearing a cell’s content, as a “hole” is created by the deleted cell(s) and adjacent cells will move to fill that hole.

Delete Cells

  1. Select the cell or cell range where you want to delete.
  2. Pressing the Delete key only clears a cell’s contents; it doesn’t delete the actual cell.

  3. Click the Delete list arrow.
  4. Select Delete Cells.
    Delete Cells

    The Delete dialog box appears.

  5. Select how you want to move cells to fill in the deleted area:
    • Shift cells right: Shift existing cells to the right.
    • Shift cells down: Shift existing cells down.
    • Entire row: Delete an entire row.
    • Entire column: Delete an entire column.
  6. Click OK.
    Delete Rows or Columns

    You can also delete cells by right-clicking the selected cell(s) and selecting Delete from the contextual menu.

The cell(s) are deleted and the remaining cells are shifted.

Delete Rows or Columns

  1. Select the column or row you want to delete.
  2. Click the Delete button.
    Delete Rows or Columns

    You can also delete cells by right-clicking the selected cell(s) and selecting Delete from the contextual menu.

The rows or columns are deleted. Remaining rows are shifted up, while remaining columns are shifted to the left.

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