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Quickly Deleting Rows and Columns

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Quickly Deleting Rows and Columns.

You probably already know how to completely delete rows or columns by using Excel's menu commands or the tools on the ribbon. Excel provides an even quicker way to delete rows or columns, however. All you need to do is select the row or column that you want to delete, and then press Ctrl+- (that's Ctrl and the minus sign at the same time). Excel removes the row or column from your worksheet, as directed.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2107) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Quickly Deleting Rows and Columns.

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Andrew    15 Dec 2015, 22:10
This shortcut no longer works for Excel 2016.

None of the guides I can see give me a keyboard shortcut, and it's so inefficient to do this using a mouse.

What is the keyboard shortcut for deleting a row or column in Excel 2016?
AttiM    05 Jan 2013, 14:35
Quickly Inserting Rows and Columns:
Select row, or column and Ctrl + + (Ctrl and Plus sign (ie. on numeric keyboard))

Quickly Selecting Row of selected cell:
Shift + Spacebar

Quickly Selecting Column of selected cell:
Ctrl + Spacebar

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