Visual Basic Example to Delete Blank Rows

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The following Visual Basic code locates blank cells within a range and deletes the entire row that contains that cell. The code brings up a dialog box that prompts the user for the total number of rows to process. The macro begins at the active cell and moves down the specified number of rows.


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Visual Basic Example

' The following code deletes blank rows from the active worksheet.

Dim Counter
Dim i As Integer

Sub DelRow()

' Input box to determine the total number of rows in the worksheet.
Counter = InputBox("Enter the total number of rows to process")
' Loops through the desired number of rows.
For i = 1 To Counter
    ' Checks to see if the active cell is blank.
    If ActiveCell = "" Then

        ' Decrements count each time a row is deleted. This ensures
        ' that the macro will not run past the last row.
        Counter = Counter - 1
        ' Selects the next cell.
        ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select
    End If

Next i

End Sub
NOTE: you can also delete lines that contain spaces or other non- display characters. To do so, change the line that reads
If ActiveCell = "" Then


If Len(Trim(ActiveCell)) = 0 Then


Article ID: 110759 - Last Review: June 11, 2007 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
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