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How to remove empty rows and columns from tables in Word?

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2024-07-16

Empty rows and columns in tables can make your Word document look cluttered and unorganized. This tutorial will show you several ways to efficiently remove all empty rows and columns from tables in a Word document.

Whether you prefer to do it manually, use VBA code, or employ a one-click solution, these methods will help you clean up your tables and enhance the overall appearance of your document.


Manually remove all empty rows and columns from tables

Microsoft Office Word does not provide a convenient way to remove empty rows and columns, and you need to remove them by manually select each empty row and column and then delete them one by one.

Step 1: Select the empty row or empty column you want to delete. See screenshot:

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Step 2: Under Table Tools, click the Layout Tab;

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Step 3: In the Rows & Columns group, click Delete Rows or Delete Columns.

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Remove all empty rows and columns from tables by using VBA code

The Macro Function of Word provides a much more convenient way to remove all empty rows and columns from tables in document. You can remove all empty rows and columns as follows.

Step 1: Press “Alt-F11” to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Application window;

Step 2: Click Module on the Insert tab, copy and paste the following VBA code into the Module window;

Step 3: Then click Rundoc-reverse-sign-6 button to apply the VBA.

The VBA code to remove all empty rows and columns from tables:

Sub DeleteEmptyTablerowsandcolumns()
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim Tbl As Table, cel As Cell, i As Long, n As Long, fEmpty As Boolean
With ActiveDocument
For Each Tbl In .Tables
n = Tbl.Columns.Count
For i = n To 1 Step -1
fEmpty = True
For Each cel In Tbl.Columns(i).Cells
If Len(cel.Range.Text) > 2 Then
fEmpty = False
Exit For
End If
Next cel
If fEmpty = True Then Tbl.Columns(i).Delete
Next i
Next Tbl
End With
With ActiveDocument
For Each Tbl In .Tables
n = Tbl.Rows.Count
For i = n To 1 Step -1
fEmpty = True
For Each cel In Tbl.Rows(i).Cells
If Len(cel.Range.Text) > 2 Then
fEmpty = False
Exit For
End If
Next cel
If fEmpty = True Then Tbl.Rows(i).Delete
Next i
Next Tbl
End With
Set cel = Nothing: Set Tbl = Nothing
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Remove all empty rows and columns from tables with one click

Kutools for Word provides you the most convenient way to remove all empty rows and columns from tables in document. You just need to click once, and Kutools for Word' s Delete Rows/Columns utility will remove all empty rows and columns from all or selected tables for you quickly.

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After installing Kutools for Word, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Word Now!)

1. Click Kutools Plus > Delete Rows/Columns on the Table pane.

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2. Then a dialog pops out, choose the scope that you want to remove tables from in the Look in section, then check Row option and Blank row option, or check Column option and Blank row option as you need. If you want to delete all blank rows and columns, you need to apply this operation twice.

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Now a dialog pops out to remind you how many tables have been processed, click OK to close, and the blank rows and columns have been removed from tables.
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Tip. If you want to remove blank rows from Excel sheet, the Delete Blank Rows utility of Kutools for Excel can help you.

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Hi
Many many thanks. Its 100% worked.
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Hi, thanks for the CODE, it worked on a document with only one table.

but when launching it on a word document with different tables from different sizes, i got this error : "Run-time error '5992' Cannot access individual columns in this collection because the table has mixed cell widths"

Can anybody help, please
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Bonjour,

Quand j'exécute le programme, l'erreur suivante s'affiche " Erreur de compilation : Instruction incorrecte à l'extérieur d'une procédure"

Quelqu'un a une solution s'il vous plait ?
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I found this macro and it works great when it comes to a table with single empty rows.
Is it possible to change it to work on a table with split rows as well?
I would very much thank you if you have a solution for me.
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Hi, shimon, I don't not understand your question, please give me examples or describe the question with more details.
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You just saved me a zillion hours of frustration, THANK YOU!
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