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: Deleting Unwanted Styles.

Deleting Unwanted Styles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 4, 2020)

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When you work with other people who use Excel, it is not unusual to copy worksheets from their workbooks into your own workbook. When you do so, the worksheet isn't the only thing that is copied—Excel also copies their formatting styles to your workbook. Manually deleting the unwanted styles can be a hassle, depending on the number of styles. Removing user-defined styles is very easy, though, if you use a macro. The following macro will quickly delete the unwanted styles:

Sub StyleKill()
    Dim styT As Style
    Dim intRet As Integer

    For Each styT In ActiveWorkbook.Styles
        If Not styT.BuiltIn Then
            intRet = MsgBox("Delete style '" & styT.Name & "'?", vbYesNo)
            If intRet = vbYes Then styT.Delete
        End If
    Next styT
End Sub

The macro needs just a little user input. Whenever the macro detects a user-defined style, you are asked if you want to delete it. Clicking on the Yes button causes the style to be removed from the workbook.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2135) 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: Deleting Unwanted Styles.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2020-10-09 08:22:30

Bubbles

Hi, I've used your fun little style killer for some time, but have run into a new wrinkle in an inherited workbook. When I try to run the script I get a VB error

Run-time error '1004':
Delete method of Style class failed


2020-09-17 10:49:30

John Peters

Hi,
I've inadvertently gained some styles from cutting and pasting data into my workbook from another workbook. I've written a macro, no unlike yours that has deleted the majority of the unwanted styles. However, I have 36 unwanted styles left over. I can't delete these in the interface or macro. They have strange names like "LÓÄþÍN^NuNVþˆHÁ(n 2 2" and the protection: Locked is checked. If I rename them (modify style) it creates another style with the new name that can be deleted but the original persists. As far as I can tell these styles are no in use in the workbook. Any suggestions?


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