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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: Clearing Everything Except Formulas.
Roni wants want to clear everything in a workbook except for cells which may contain formulas. This task can be completed either manually or through the use of a macro.
If you want to do the clearing manually, you can follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Go To dialog box.
Figure 2. The Go To Special dialog box.
This works great if you only need to clear out the non-formula contents of a worksheet once in a while. If you need to do it more often, then you can simply use the macro recorder to record the above steps. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own macro from scratch, such as the following one:
Sub ClearAllButFormulas() Dim wks As Worksheet For Each wks In Worksheets 'ignore errors in case there is only formulas On Error Resume Next wks.Cells.SpecialCells _ (xlCellTypeConstants, 23).ClearContents On Error GoTo 0 Next Set wks = Nothing End Sub
This macro is particularly useful if you need to clear out all the non-formula cells in an entire workbook. The reason is because it does the clearing on every worksheet in the entire workbook, without you needing to do the clearing manually.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3226) 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: Clearing Everything Except Formulas.
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