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How to only delete visible rows or columns in Excel?

In Excel, we usually hide some important rows or columns of information, sometimes, we need to delete the visible rows or columns only, if you delete them with Delete key directly, the hidden values will be deleted at the same time. How do you delete the visible rows or columns without deleting the hidden rows or columns in Excel? This tutorial will introduce the ways to delete visible rows only.

Delete visible values only with Go To Special command

Delete visible values only with VBA code

Delete visible rows only with Kutools for Excel

Download sample to try the methods

Batch delete blank/visible/hidden rows or columns in Excel

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arrow blue right bubble Delete visible values only with Go To Special command

With this Go To Special command in Excel, you can quickly select the visible values and then delete them with Delete key. Do as this:

1. Select the range that you want to delete the visible data.

2. Click Home > Find & Select > Go To Special, see screenshot:

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3. In the Go To Special dialog box, select Visible cells only, see screenshot:

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4. Then click OK, all the visible rows have been selected in the selected range. Then press Delete key on the keyboard, the selected visible values will be deleted and the hidden values will be kept. See screenshots:

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In this way, you can also remove the visible column values.

arrow blue right bubble Delete visible values only with VBA code

The following VBA code also can help you to remove the visible cell values only in Excel.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

3. Then press F5 key or to run the code, and the visible cell values have been removed with the hidden values remaining.

4. Then a dialog will be displayed for you to select a range to deletd the visible cells only .

Sub DeleteVisibleRows()
'Update 20130906
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

arrow blue right bubble Delete visible rows only with Kutools for Excel

The above two methods only can remove the visible values, but not the entire rows, if you have the Kutools for Excel, its Delete Rows & Columns function can help you quickly delete the visible entire rows or columns.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the range that you want to apply this tool. Click Kutools > Delete > Delete Hidden (Visible) Rows & Columns, see screenshot:
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3. In the Delete Rows & Columns dialog box, choose In Select Range from the Look in, then specify the Rows and Visible rows from the Delete type and Detailed type separately. Click Ok, and the prompt box will remind you how many visible rows have been deleted, click OK to close it. See screenshot:
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1. You can delete the visible rows or columns from the selected range, selected sheets, active sheet or all sheets under the Look in option.

2. With this function, you also can only delete hidden rows or columns, blank rows or columns.

Please click Delete Rows & Columns to know about this feature.

Related articles:

How to remove blank or empty rows in Excel?

How to delete all hidden rows or columns in Excel?

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Hi, I have faced the same issue in 2007, I tried folowing way it worked: 1. Keep the cursor on header cell eg, I wanted to filter by Product Name so I kept my cursor in Product Name Header. 2. Click on Data>Filter 3.Select Rows Number at Left most 4. Right Click> Delete Rows Note: If only Delete option is displayed then it will delete hidden rows also, Try and follow steps again the option should be 'Delete Rows' :-) Good Luck
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thank you very much for the post :-)
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Didn't delete the rows, simply made them blank
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But this method deletes the handles (row 1) as well, which isn't what I want.
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