How to Delete Rows Based on Another List in Excel (5 Methods)

Sometimes, while updating data, we have to delete excel rows from a list based on another list. Luckily, there we can do this row deletion using excel functions. Besides, we can use VBA to remove rows dependent on another data list. So, let’s explore the methods to do the task.


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5 Methods to Delete Excel Rows Based on Another List

Suppose we have a dataset (B5:C15) containing several employees’ names and their residing states. Now some employees have left the company for some reason. We have listed those employees in a separate list (here, E5:E8). Now from the main dataset, I will delete rows based on the list E5:E8; as these employees are no longer part of the company.

5 Methods to Delete Excel Rows Based on Another List

1. Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

First, I will use the COUNTIF function to remove rows based on another list. In this method, I will add a helper column to the main dataset to specify which rows to delete. Then I will use the Sort option in excel to arrange the date to be deleted.

Steps:

  • Type the below formula in Cell D5 (on helper column) at first.
=COUNTIF($F$5:$F$8,B5)

Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

  • Once you hit Enter, the formula will return the below result. Next, use the Fill Handle (+) to copy the formula over the range D6:D15.

Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

  • As a result, the following will be the output. Here, the COUNTIF function returns ‘1’ if any of the employee names from the range B5:B15 matches the list F5:F8.

Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

  • Now, I will sort the data that matches to names to be deleted. To perform that, select the helper column and go to Data > Sort.

Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

  • Later, the Sort Warning dialog will appear, click Sort.

Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

  • As a consequence, the Sort dialog will show up. Ensure the below fields are the same as the following screenshot and click OK.

  • Upon clicking on OK, all the matched rows will be sorted as below.

Delete Rows Based on Another List by Applying Excel COUNTIF Function and Sort Option

  • Select all the rows that contain 1 in the helper column by pressing the Ctrl key from the keyboard. Then right-click on the selection and press Delete.

  • Finally, we will get the below result.

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2. Apply Filter Option with Combination of IF, ISERROR, VLOOKUP Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

I will combine the IF, ISERROR, and VLOOKUP function to get the matched rows from a dataset that are matched to another list located in another excel sheet. Then I will delete matched rows using the Filter option in excel. To illustrate, my main dataset is located in Sheet1 and the list of names to be deleted is in Sheet2.

Apply Filter Option with Combination of IF, ISERROR, VLOOKUP Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

Steps:

  • Add an extra helper column to the main dataset (B4:C15) and type the below formula in Cell D5 (Sheet1) and press Enter.
=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(B5,Sheet2!B:B,1,FALSE)),"Keep","Delete")

Apply Filter Option with Combination of IF, ISERROR, VLOOKUP Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

  • You will get the below result. I have used the Fill Handle to copy the formula to the rest of the cells. The formula used above put ‘Delete’ against employee names that matched to the list in Sheet2.

Apply Filter Option with Combination of IF, ISERROR, VLOOKUP Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

  • Now I will filter all the rows that contain ‘Delete’ from the helper column. To do that go to Data > Filter.

Apply Filter Option with Combination of IF, ISERROR, VLOOKUP Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

  • As a result, the drop-down icon to apply the filter will appear. Click on the drop-down icon of the helper column and filter the data only for ‘Delete’. Press OK.

Apply Filter Option with Combination of IF, ISERROR, VLOOKUP Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

  • Once you press OK, rows that contain ‘Delete’ will be filtered, Now, select all the rows and right-click on them. Then click Delete Row.

  • Consequently, all the rows will be deleted. Press Ctrl + Shift + L to withdraw the Filter. Ultimately, you will get the below result.

🔎 How Does the Formula Work?

  • VLOOKUP(B5,Sheet2!B:B,1,FALSE)

Here the VLOOKUP function looks for names of Cell B5 (Sheet1) in column B:B (Sheet2) and return:

{N/A}

But, the formula returns the employee name if it is found in the list to be removed.

  • ISERROR(VLOOKUP(B5,Sheet2!B:B,1,FALSE))

Then, the ISERROR function converts the result of the VLOOKUP formula to TRUE/FALSE.. For Cell D5, this part of the formula returns:

{TRUE}

  • IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(B5,Sheet2!B:B,1,FALSE)),”Keep”,”Delete”)

Finally, the IF function returns Keep if the result of the ISERROR formula is TRUE, otherwise returns Delete. For Cell D5, the above formula returns:

{Keep}

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3. Combine Excel ISNA, MATCH & IF Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

Now I will use the combination of ISNA, MATCH, and IF functions to detect the rows that have matched data from another list. Likewise, the previous method, main dataset, and list to be deleted are located in different worksheets (SheetX and SheetY). I will add a helper column to the main dataset this time too.

Steps:

  • Type the following formula in Cell D5 and hit Enter.
=IF(ISNA(MATCH(B5,SheetY!B:B, 0)),"Keep", "Delete")

Combine Excel ISNA, MATCH & IF Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

  • You will get the below result. Use the Fill Handle to copy the formula to the range over D6:D15.

Combine Excel ISNA, MATCH & IF Functions to Remove Rows Based on Another List

  • Now you can apply SORT or FILTER to the above result and thus remove the rows that contain ‘Delete’ in the helper column. (See Method 1 or Method 2 for detail).

🔎 How Does the Formula Work?

  • MATCH(B5,SheetY!B:B, 0)

Here, the MATCH function matches the value in Cell B5 (SheetX) in column B:B (SheetY) and returns the row number if the names are matched. Otherwise, it returns the #N/A error. The formula returns the following for Cell D5:

{#N/A}

  • ISNA(MATCH(B5,SheetY!B:B, 0))

Later MATCH formula is passed through the ISNA function to return TRUE/FALSE depending on the match/mismatch. For Cell D5, the formula returns:

{TRUE}

  • IF(ISNA(MATCH(B5,SheetY!B:B, 0)),”Keep”, “Delete”)

Finally, the IF function returns Keep if the result of the ISNA formula is TRUE, returns FALSE otherwise. The following is returned for Cell D5:

{Keep}

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4. Use IF and COUNTIF Functions to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

You can combine the COUNTIF function along with the IF fruition to remove excel rows that contain data from another list. Unlike previous methods, here I will use three excel worksheets to perform the task. Say your main dataset is in SheetA.

Use IF and COUNTIF Functions to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

On the other hand, the list to be removed is in SheetB.

Use IF and COUNTIF Functions to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

Let’s follow the below steps to complete the operation.

Steps:

  • First, go to a new worksheet (SheetC). Now type the below formula in Cell B4 of SheetC.
=IF(COUNTIF(SheetA!$B:$B,SheetB!B5)>0,"",SheetA!B5)

Use IF and COUNTIF Functions to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

  • Upon entering the formula you will get the below result. Now drag down the ‘+’ sign until you receive 0 in return.

Use IF and COUNTIF Functions to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

  • We can see that the 4 blank rows out of 12 rows. This is because these names in these 4 rows match the list B5:B8 of SheetB.

  • Lastly, now you can delete all the blank rows from the above output in SheetC by simply right-clicking on the blank rows.

🔎 How Does the Formula Work?

  • COUNTIF(SheetA!$B:$B,SheetB!B5)

Here, the COUNTIF function looks for values of Cell B5 (SheetB) in column B:B (SheetA) and returns the count. For the first entry of Sheet C the formula returns:

{1}

  • IF(COUNTIF(SheetA!$B:$B,SheetB!B5)>0,””,SheetA!B5)

Next, the IF function returns blank (“ ”) if the result of the COUNTIF formula is greater than 0, otherwise the formula returns the employee name from SheetA. The above formula returns the below result for Cell B5 (SheetC).

{ }

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5. VBA to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

Till now, I have used excel functions to remove rows based on another list. Now I will apply a VBA code to remove the matched rows. This method is very easy and saves a lot of time. To perform the method, I have put my main dataset (A1:A12) in Sheet7 and the list to be removed (A1:A5) in Shee8.

Steps:

  • Right-click on Sheet7 and click on View Code to bring up the VBA window.

VBA to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

  • Then type the below code in the Module and run the code using the F5 key or pressing the Run Sub/UserForm icon (see the screenshot).
Sub DelRows_TwoLists()

Dim iList As Integer
Dim Ctr As Integer
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
iList = Sheets("sheet7").Range("A1:A12").Rows.Count
For Each x In Sheets("Sheet8").Range("A1:A5")
For Ctr = 1 To iList
If x.Value = Sheets("Sheet7").Cells(Ctr, 1).Value Then
Sheets("Sheet7").Cells(Ctr, 1).EntireRow.Delete xlShiftUp
Ctr = Ctr + 1
End If
Next Ctr
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
MsgBox "Complete!"

End Sub

VBA to Delete Excel Rows Dependent on Another List

  • As a result, rows matching the list of Sheet8 will be removed. The message box below will appear. In the end, click OK to end the process.

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Conclusion

In the above article, I have tried to discuss several suggestions to delete rows based on another list in excel elaborately. Hopefully, these methods and explanations will be enough to solve your problems. Please let me know if you have any queries.


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Hosne Ara

Hosne Ara

Hi, This is Hosne Ara. Currently, I do write for ExcelDemy. I have a long experience working with different industries and I have seen how vast the scope of Microsoft Excel is. So, eventually, I started to write articles on Excel and VBA. Basically, my articles are targeted to help people who are working in Excel. By profession, I am an Engineer. Materials and Metallurgical Engineering is my major. Besides, I am a certified Project Manager (PMP) too. I have worked with Power Plant and IT industry earlier. As a person, I am detail-oriented and love doing research. Establishing a greener world is one of my mottos.

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