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How to Delete Hidden Columns in Excel (2 Simple Methods)

Microsoft Excel is undoubtedly one of the most essential and potent computer programs currently available. Using Excel’s capabilities and resources, we can do unlimited computations on any dataset. This post will discuss two fundamental Excel methods for eliminating hidden columns. Therefore, use these 2 Simple Methods to Delete Hidden Columns in Excel.


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2 Simple Methods to Delete Hidden Columns in Excel

As an illustration, the below data set has some columns of Product, Month, Total Sales, and Sales Rep. Here, assume the D column alias Total Sales column is hidden. First, we are going to hide this column. Then, we’ll delete the Total Sale column in Excel using these two methods. Also, I have yet to mention that I’ve been writing this article using Microsoft Excel 365. However, you can utilize any other edition that provides maximum convenience.

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1. Use Inspect Document Feature in Excel to Delete Hidden Columns

The Inspect Document Feature usually removes all the hidden rows and columns in an Excel worksheet. It’s important to know that we can’t bring back the columns we just deleted. So, if you want to keep the data for a while, you need to keep the backup. To complete the task to your delight, be sure to stick to the procedures that are given in the upcoming sections.

STEPS:

  • First, select the column.
  • Then, right-click and choose Hide.

Use Inspect Document Feature in Excel to Delete Hidden Columns

  • Consequently, the D column is now hidden.

Use Inspect Document Feature in Excel to Delete Hidden Columns

  • After that, go to File.

  • Later, click Info, then Check for Issues.
  • Now, choose Inspect Document.

Use Inspect Document Feature in Excel to Delete Hidden Columns

  • Due to this, a new Microsoft Excel window appears.
  • And click OK.

  • At this time, the Document Inspector window pops up.
  • Next, choose Inspect.

Use Inspect Document Feature in Excel to Delete Hidden Columns

  • After that, select Hidden Rows and Columns as well as Remove All.
  • Subsequently, choose Close.

Use Inspect Document Feature in Excel to Delete Hidden Columns

  • Eventually, it will provide the desired outcome, as seen below.

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2. Delete Hidden Columns Through Excel VBA

VBA is a sophisticated approach for removing hidden columns. We can accommodate two unique situations. One is eliminating columns from an individual Worksheet. A second scenario is removing columns from a specific dataset range.


2.1 Delete from Specific Range

There are occasions when we are required to modify the font style of a specific range of data. The following section is going to be of great assistance to you in this particular circumstance. To complete the assignment quickly, kindly follow the instructions below.

STEPS:

  • Firstly, select the column.
  • Like previously, right-click and choose Hide.
  • As a result, the D column has been hidden.

Delete from Specific Range

  • Secondly, navigate to Developer, then Visual Basic.

  • Now, choose Insert.
  • Later click Module.

Delete from Specific Range

  • Then, put the following VBA code into the Module Box.
Sub DeleteHiddenColumns()
Dim sheet As Worksheet
Dim rng As Range
Dim LastColumn As Integer
Dim ColumnCount As Integer
Set sheet = ActiveSheet
Set rng = Range("A:E")
ColumnCount = rng.Columns.Count
LastColumn = rng.Columns(rng.Columns.Count).Column
For i = LastColumn To LastColumn - ColumnCount Step -1
If Columns(i).Hidden = True Then Columns(i).EntireColumn.Delete
Next
End Sub
  • After that, press F5 or click Run.

  • It will eventually provide the desired result, as shown below.

Delete from Specific Range

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2.2 Erase from Whole Worksheet

In the next section, we’ll be able to delete hidden columns of the entire worksheet. Unlike previously, this time, we will hide two columns that are not contiguous. Follow the following guidelines to Delete the Hidden Column from a whole worksheet in Excel.

STEPS:

  • Firstly, choose the C and columns.
  • Like before, right-click and select Hide.
  • Consequently, Both C and E column has been concealed.

Erase from Whole Worksheet

  • Second, click Developer and then Visual Basic.

Erase from Whole Worksheet

  • Later, select Insert and then click Module.

  • Now, insert the code below into the Module Box.
Sub DeleteHiddenColumns()
Dim sheet As Worksheet
Dim LastColumn
Set sheet = ActiveSheet
LastColumn = sheet.UsedRange.Columns(sheet.UsedRange.Columns.Count).Column
For i = LastColumn To 1 Step -1
If Columns(i).Hidden = True Then Columns(i).EntireColumn.Delete
Next
End Sub
  • After that, hit F5 or select the Run button.

Erase from Whole Worksheet

  • The intended outcome will finally be achieved, as seen below.

Erase from Whole Worksheet

Read More: How to Delete Multiple Columns in Excel


Conclusion

You can now Delete Hidden Columns in Excel using the procedures outlined above. There are more articles like this one on the ExcelDemy Website. Continue using them, and let us know if you have any alternative methods of completing the task or fresh ideas. Remember to submit questions, comments, or recommendations in the space below.


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Lutfor Rahman Shimanto

Lutfor Rahman Shimanto

Hi there! I am Lutfor Rahman Shimanto. I have completed my graduation in Information Technology from Jahangirnagar University. Currently, I am working as a technical content writer at ExcelDemy. You will find all my articles on Microsoft Excel on this site. Outside of work, I enjoy Chess a lot. I am a founding member of the Jahangirnagar University Chess Club and an internationally rated chess player.

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