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 a View.

Deleting a View

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 9, 2017)

It is inevitable—whenever you add something, you will later want to delete it. When you have finished with a project or you simply no longer have need for a particular view, you will want to get rid of it. To do this, follow these steps:4

  1. Select the Custom Views option from the View menu. Excel displays the Custom Views dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Custom Views dialog box.

  3. From the list of views in the dialog box, select the view you want to delete.
  4. Click on the Delete button. Excel asks if you want to delete the view.
  5. Click on OK. The view is removed from the list of those available.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each additional view you want to delete.
  7. Click on Close to get rid of the Custom Views dialog box.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2867) 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 a View.

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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