Check Out This Easy Way to Find and Remove Blank Rows in Excel

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 7, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Excel® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can quickly find and remove blank rows in an Excel worksheet using Go To Special. You can access the Go To Special dialog box with a keyboard shortcut, use it to find blanks and then you will be able to delete blank rows quickly with a couple of clicks.

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Below is the Go To Special dialog box:

Find and delete blank rows in Excel using Go To Special.

Before you complete the following process, you may want to save a copy of the original file first.

Finding and deleting blank rows

To easily find and delete blank rows in an Excel list or data set:

  1. Select a column where there are blank cells in the column (we’re assuming here that the rest of the row is blank). If there is sensitive data above or below the list that you don’t want to delete, select the cells in the column from the first cell in the range to the last cell in the range (you could click in the first cell and Shift-click in the last cell).
  2. Press Ctrl + G to display the Go To dialog box and then click Special to display the Go To Special dialog box. Alternatively, you can click the Home tab in the Ribbon and then select Go To Special from the Find & Select drop-down menu.
  3. Select Blanks in the Go to Special dialog box and click OK. Excel will select all of the blank cells within the range.
  4. Right-click one of the selected blank cells and select Delete. A dialog box appears.
  5. Select Entire Row and click OK to confirm the delete.

Delete blank rows in Excel by right-clicking.

You will now be able to sort, filter and create pivot tables with the list.

This article was first published on June 21, 2017 and has been updated for content and clarity.

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