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How to select blank/nonblank cells from a range in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-10-16

For example, there are a lot of blank cells in a specific range as the following screenshot shown. Now you want to pick up the blank cells from the range, and select them. Of course, you can select each blank cell one by one manually, which may be time-consuming and tedious. Here I will introduce a couple of tricky ways to quickly select all blank cells only or all nonblank cells only from a certain selection.


Select blank/nonblank cells from a range in Excel

Supposing you have a rang of cells as below screenshot shown, and you can select blank cell or nonblank cells only in a selection with below steps:

Step 1: Select the range that you will select the blank cells from.

Step 2: Click Home > Find & Select > Go To to open the Go To dialog box. You can also open the Go To dialog box with pressing the F5 key.

Step 3: In the Go To dialog box, click the Special button. See below screenshot:

Step 4: In the Go To Special dialog box, Check the Blanks option. See above screenshot:

Note: If you want to select only nonblank cells only, please check the Constants option.

Step 5: Click OK. Then all blank or nonblank cells in the selection are selected immediately. See the following screenshots:

Select blank cells only:

Select nonblank cells only:

Quickly fill blank cells with values above/below/left/right or fixed value in Excel

  1. Fill all blank cells in this range with values above/below/left/right to each blank cell;
  2. Fill all blank cells with certain value or text, such as a special mark "?";
  3. Fill all blank cells with liner values.

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Select nonblank cells from specified range with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can easily select all nonblank cells with content by just one click in Excel. You can do as follows:

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Select the range in which you will select only nonblank cells, and click the Kutools > Select > Select Nonblank Cells.

Then you will all nonblank cells with contents are selected at once.

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Demo: select nonblank cells from a range in Excel


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Had to deal with a major database nasty mess and this helped so much!
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I was trying to create a formulae that will enable me to identify blank cells in a column and make a logical comment about the blank cells. For example: An empty cell in payroll data may mean a certain employee does not have a post code. I was unable to find help here as to how a blank cell can be used in a "what if analysis. Can anyone help me with this formulae?
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[quote]I was trying to create a formulae that will enable me to identify blank cells in a column and make a logical comment about the blank cells. For example: An empty cell in payroll data may mean a certain employee does not have a post code. I was unable to find help here as to how a blank cell can be used in a "what if analysis. Can anyone help me with this formulae?By Timothy[/quote] Hi Timothy, you could use this formula to find a blank cell in a column, =IF(ISBLANK(G6)=TRUE,"No Post Code",G6) Note : Cell G6 contains some value, hence it will return the post code in G6, If it is blank "No Post Code" will be displayed. Do you want this formula to be used in What if analysis? Krishna
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