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How to delete entire columns based on header value in Excel?

In many cases, you may need to delete the entire columns based on header value in Excel. For example, you need to delete all columns which contain value “old” in the header. In this tutorial, we will show you methods of deleting entire columns based on header value in details.

Delete entire columns based on header value with VBA code

Delete entire columns based on header value with Kutools for Excel


arrow blue right bubble Delete entire columns based on header value with VBA code


You can delete entire columns based on header value with VBA code. Please do as follows.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window, click Insert > Module. And then copy and paste below code into the Module window.

VBA code: delete entire columns based on header value

Sub DeleteSpecifcColumn()
	Set MR = Range("A1:D1")
	For Each cell In MR
		If cell.Value = "old" Then cell.EntireColumn.Delete
	Next
End Sub

Note: in the code, “old” is the header value which you want to delete the entire column based on. Please change to your header value manually. And A1:D1 is the column range that you want use.

3. Press the F5 key to run the code, the entire column which contains specified header value is deleted immediately.


arrow blue right bubble Delete entire columns based on header value with Kutools for Excel

With Kutools for Excel’s Select Specific Cells utility, you can easily select all columns which contains the certain header value first, and then delete these selected columns at once. Please do as follows.

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1. Select the range which contains the columns you need to delete, and then click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells. See screenshot:

2. In the Select Specific Cells dialog box, select the Entire column option in the Selection type section, and in the Specific type drop-down list, select Equals option, then type the header value in the following box. And finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Click the OK button in another popping up dialog box, then the columns which contain specified header value are selected immediately.

4. Right click the column header of selected column, and then click Delete from the right-clicking menu. Then all selected columns are deleted at once.

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    Elias · 6 months ago
    Hey! This works well until you have two contiguous columns with the same header. Say your range is A1:A5, and A2 and A3 have the header 'old'. It will delete A2, but then the A3 will move to the place A2 used to occupy, and the code will skip it, as it will be looking at the new A3, the next cell on its range.
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      crystal · 6 months ago
      Hi Elias,
      As you mentioned, A2 and A3 have he same header "old". But they are in the same column, after applying the code, the whole column A will be removed immediately.
      I am not sure I get your point. Would be nice if you could provide screenshot of what you are trying to do.
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    Leonard Staggs · 1 years ago
    Sorry if this seems super basic but this is my first time trying vba. Using this how would I apply it to delete multiple column headers. I am actually trying to only keep certain header columns and delete the rest of a changing list.