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How to quickly remove conditional formatting in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-05-21

Conditional formatting is a very useful tool in Excel, it can easily help you to format and shade cells according to specific conditional criteria, but sometimes you may want to remove or clear conditional formatting in Excel. How do you delete conditional formatting in Excel?

Remove conditional formatting with Clear Rules function
Remove conditional formatting with VBA code
Easily remove conditional formatting and background shading with Kutools for Excel


Remove conditional formatting with Clear Rules function

Clear Rules function can help you quickly and easily remove the conditional formatting in selected range and entire worksheets.

To delete the selected range conditional formatting, please do as this:

1. Select the range that you want to remove the conditional formatting.

2. Click Home > Conditional Formatting > Clear Rules > Clear Rules from Selected Cells. See screenshot:

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3. And the selected conditional formatting has been removed. See screenshots:

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To delete the entire worksheet conditional formatting, please do as follows:

Click Home > Conditional Formatting > Clear Rules > Clear Rules from Entire Sheet, and the entire worksheet conditional formatting will be removed.


Remove conditional formatting with VBA code

The following VBA code also can help you to remove the conditional formatting.

1. Click Developer >Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module, and input the following code into the Module:

VBA: remove conditional formatting

Sub DeleteConditionalFormats()
'Update 20130912
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
WorkRng.FormatConditions.Delete
End Sub

2. Then click doc-multiply-calculation-3 button or press F5 key to run the code, and a prompt box will remind you to select a range that you want to use. See screenshot:

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3. Then click OK button, and all conditional formatting in the selected range has been removed.


Easily remove conditional formatting and background shading with Kutools for Excel

The Kutools for Excel’s Alternate Row / Column Shading utility can help you remove both the conditional formatting and the background shading at the same time.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Select the range with the conditional formatting or backgroud shading you want to remove, then click Kutools > Format > Alternate Row / Column Shading. See screenshot:

2. In the Alternate Row / Column Shading dialog box, just select the Remove existing alternate row shading option in the Shading method section, and then click the OK button. See screenshots:

Then all condiation formatting and manual fill colors are removed immeidately.

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  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Easily remove conditional formatting and background shading with Kutools for Excel


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I'm so glad I found this. My issue is that I wanted to clear all but some...when adding and removing columns, the conditional formatting ranges start breaking and it gets crazy. Luckily I only needed 5 conditions. Instead of deleting about 100 to leave those 5, I used that macro up there to delete them all, and then just remade my 5 for the full range I wanted. I think using my data in a table may have limited that issue of formatting, but this was of great use to me. Thanks!
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