How to use macro examples to delete duplicate items in a list in Excel

Applies to: Microsoft Office Excel 2007Microsoft Office Excel 2003Excel 2010

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Sample 1: Delete duplicate items in a single list

The following sample macro searches a single list in the range A1:A100 and deletes all duplicate items in the list. This macro requires that you do not have empty cells in the list range. If your list does contain empty cells, sort the data in ascending order so that the empty cells are all at the end of your list. 
Sub DelDups_OneList()
Dim iListCount As Integer
Dim iCtr As Integer

' Turn off screen updating to speed up macro.
Application.ScreenUpdating = False

' Get count of records to search through.
iListCount = Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A1:A100").Rows.Count
Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Select
' Loop until end of records.
Do Until ActiveCell = ""
' Loop through records.
For iCtr = 1 To iListCount
' Don't compare against yourself.
' To specify a different column, change 1 to the column number.
If ActiveCell.Row <> Sheets("Sheet1").Cells(iCtr, 1).Row Then
' Do comparison of next record.
If ActiveCell.Value = Sheets("Sheet1").Cells(iCtr, 1).Value Then
' If match is true then delete row.
Sheets("Sheet1").Cells(iCtr, 1).Delete xlShiftUp
' Increment counter to account for deleted row.
iCtr = iCtr + 1
End If
End If
Next iCtr
' Go to next record.
ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select
Loop
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
MsgBox "Done!"
End Sub

Sample 2: Compare two lists and delete duplicate items

The following sample macro compares one (master) list against another list, and deletes duplicate items in the second list that are also in the master list. The first list is on Sheet1 in the range A1:A10. The second list is on Sheet2 in the range A1:A100. To use the macro, select either sheet, and then run the macro. 
Sub DelDups_TwoLists()
Dim iListCount As Integer
Dim iCtr As Integer

' Turn off screen updating to speed up macro.
Application.ScreenUpdating = False

' Get count of records to search through (list that will be deleted).
iListCount = Sheets("sheet2").Range("A1:A100").Rows.Count

' Loop through the "master" list.
For Each x In Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A1:A10")
' Loop through all records in the second list.
For iCtr = 1 To iListCount
' Do comparison of next record.
' To specify a different column, change 1 to the column number.
If x.Value = Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(iCtr, 1).Value Then
' If match is true then delete row.
Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(iCtr, 1).Delete xlShiftUp
' Increment counter to account for deleted row.
iCtr = iCtr + 1
End If
Next iCtr
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
MsgBox "Done!"
End Sub

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