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: Getting Rid of Empty Rows after Importing.
Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 12, 2020)
This tip applies to Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003
There are numerous times when Tom has a worksheet imported from another program into Excel so he can work with the data. The importing works fine, but the import process adds lots (dozens and sometimes hundreds) of extra rows that have no data in them. After the import Tom has to manually delete those extra rows so he can use the rest of the data. Tom wonders if there is a way to easily get rid of these empty rows.
There are a number of ways you can approach this problem. The easiest way may be to simply sort the imported data by the column of your choice. All the rows that contain nothing in that column end up at either the end or beginning of the data (depending on if you sort in ascending or descending order) and you can easily delete those rows.
Obviously, when you do a sort in this manner you could end up with your data out of the original, imported order. If you need your data to be in the original order—but with the blank rows removed—just insert a column to the left or right of your data, fill it with sequential numbers, perform the sort by any column except that added column, and then delete the rows that are blank (with only something in the numbering column). You can then sort a second time based on the numbering column and your data will be back in its original order.
Another approach is to follow these steps:
If you prefer to use a macro to get rid of the blank rows, you can use something similar to the following:
Sub DeleteEmptyRows() Dim LastRow As Long Dim J As Long LastRow = ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count + _ ActiveSheet.UsedRange.Rows(1).Row - 1 Application.ScreenUpdating = False For J = LastRow To 1 Step -1 If Application.WorksheetFunction.CountA(Rows(J)) = 0 Then Rows(J).Delete End If Next J Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub
Why would you want to use a macro? Because you may need to delete empty rows week after week. Just put the macro into your Personal workbook and you can then access it whenever you need.
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