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How to delete all hidden rows or columns in Excel?

If you have a large workbook with a lot of hidden rows and columns, and now the hidden data are unavailable, you would like to delete all of them. How could you quickly delete them?

Delete all hidden rows and columns in a workbook with Inspect Document function

Delete all hidden rows and columns in active worksheet with VBA code

Delete all hidden rows or columns in a selection / worksheet / whole workbook with Kutools for Excel


Delete multiple hidden / blank / visible columns or rows at once:

Kutools for Excel's Delete Hidden (Visible) Rows & Columns utility can help you to delete multiple blank, hidden, visible rows or columns at once.

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If you use Excel 2007, 2010 or Excel 2013, it is easily for you to remove the unwanted hidden rows or columns. You can do it as follow steps:

1. If you us Excel 2007, please click Office Button on the top left corner, and then click Prepare > Inspect Document. See screenshot:

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If you use Excel 2010/2013, please click File > Info > Check for Issues > Inspect Document, see screenshots:

In Excel 2013:

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In Excel 2010:

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2. Then a Document Inspector dialog box will appear, click Inspect button, and the hidden rows and columns in the whole workbook have been inspected, click Remove All button, see screenshot:

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3. And then click Close button to close the dialog. And all of the hidden rows and columns in the workbook will be removed.

Notes: 1. If there are formulas to manipulate the data in your workbook and the formulas call for data from hidden rows and columns, then deleting that information will cause incorrect result.

2. With this function, you can delete all of the hidden rows and columns in the whole workbook.


arrow blue right bubble Delete all hidden rows and columns in active worksheet with VBA code

If you just want to remove the hidden rows or columns in a worksheet, the following VBA code can help you. 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 code: Delete all hidden rows and columns of active worksheet:

Sub deletehidden()
For lp = 256 To 1 Step -1
If Columns(lp).EntireColumn.Hidden = True Then Columns(lp).EntireColumn.Delete Else
Next
For lp = 65536 To 1 Step -1
If Rows(lp).EntireRow.Hidden = True Then Rows(lp).EntireRow.Delete Else
Next
End Sub

2. Then press F5 key to execute the code. And all the hidden rows and columns have been deleted in the active worksheet.

Note: If there are formulas to manipulate the data in your workbook and the formulas call for data from hidden rows and columns, then deleting that information will cause incorrect result.


arrow blue right bubble Delete all hidden rows or columns in a selection / worksheet / whole workbook with Kutools for Excel

With the Delete Hidden (Visible) Rows & Columns utility of Kutools for Excel, you can quickly remove the hidden rows or columns in selected range, in active worksheet, in selected worksheets and in all worksheets.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Click Kutools > Delete > Delete Hidden (Visible) Rows & Columns, see screenshot:

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2. In the Delete Hidden (Visible) Rows & Columns dialog box, specify the scope that you want to apply the operation from Look in drop down list. (If you choose In Selected Range, you must select a range that you want to use first.) And then check Rows or Columns under Delete type. And select Hidden rows from Detailed type. Then click Ok, the hidden rows have been deleted from the selected range, see screenshot:

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To know more about this feature, please visit the Delete Rows & Columns function.

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    RW · 1 years ago
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    DM · 4 years ago
    [u]THANK YOU[/u] for that VBA snippet! Saved the DAY, my friend!!! :lol:
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    Linda · 5 years ago
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    Bufon · 5 years ago
    Thanks! It works like a charm!
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    chris · 5 years ago
    VBA code perfect, thanks.
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    Teddy · 5 years ago
    Thanks! This is helpful! But it seems removing the hidden columns and rows are taking too long. Is that normal if there's a lot of data in the excel? Like say... 3000+ hidden rows or something? :D
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    Morten · 5 years ago
    This was very helpful, thanks!
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    Mandy · 5 years ago
    Just wanted to say this really helped me! Thank you so much! :)