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How to clear the contents of multiple merged cells in Excel?

If you have a large worksheet which contains multiple merged cells, and now, you want to clear all the contents of the merged cells but keep the merged cells. Normally, you may try to apply the Find and Replace function to select all merged cells first, and then press Delete key to delete the value, however, you will get a warning message "We can’t do that to a merged cell". In this case, how do you clear the values in merged cells but leave the merged cells quickly in Excel?

Clear the contents of multiple merged cells with VBA code

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This section, I can create a VBA code for you to solve this task, please do as follows:

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.

VBA: Clear the contents of multiple merged cells

Sub ClearMerged()
'updateby Extendoffice 20150914
    Dim Rg As Range, Rg1 As Range
    Dim xAddress As String
    On Error Resume Next
    xAddress = Application.ActiveWindow.RangeSelection.Address
    Set Rg = Application.InputBox("Please select the range of cells:", "Kutools for Excel", xAddress, , , , , 8)
    If Rg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    For Each Rg1 In Rg
        If Rg1.MergeCells Then Rg1.MergeArea.ClearContents
    Next
End Sub

3. Then Press F5 key to run this code, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you select the range that you want to clear the merged cells, see screenshot:

doc clear merged cells 1

4. And then click OK, the contents in the merged cells have been cleared at once and leave the blank merged cells, see screenshot:

doc clear merged cells 2


arrow blue right bubble Clear the contents of multiple merged cells with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, with its Select Merged Cells utility, you can select all merged cells in a selection with one click, and then delete them at once.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:( Free Download Kutools for Excel Now )

1. Select the range of cells which contains the merged cells you want to clear the contents.

2. Click Kutools > Select > Select Merged Cells, see screenshot:

doc clear merged cells 3

3. And all the merged cells have been selected immediately, see screenshot:

doc clear merged cells 4

4. Then press Delete key on the keyboard, and all the values in the merged cells have been selected but leave the merged cells as you need.

Click to know more about this Select Merged Cells utility…

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    Reuben · 1 years ago
    Can you please provide VBA code to run this macro across the entire workbook?