Tidy Up Your Sheet. How to Delete Rows in Google Sheets

Manual Instructions for Deleting Rows in Google Sheets #

Deleting rows in Google Sheets is a useful way to tidy up your sheet and remove any unnecessary data. Whether you want to remove blank rows, delete specific rows, or clean up your data before sharing or analyzing it, Google Sheets provides a simple method to delete rows manually. Follow the steps below to learn how.

  1. Open your Google Sheets document and navigate to the sheet that contains the rows you want to delete.
  2. Before proceeding, it is advisable to make a backup of your data by creating a copy of the sheet. This will ensure that you have a version to refer back to if needed.
  3. In order to delete a single row, click on the row number on the left side of the sheet to select the entire row. The selected row will be highlighted.
  4. Right-click on the highlighted row number and click on "Delete row" from the contextual menu. The row will be deleted, and the content below it will move up to replace the deleted row.
  5. To delete multiple rows at once, select the first row you want to delete by clicking on its row number. Then, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and select the last row you want to delete. All the rows between and including the first and last selected rows will be highlighted.
  6. Right-click on any of the selected row numbers and click on "Delete rows" from the contextual menu. The selected rows will be deleted, and the remaining content will move up to fill the gap.

Automating Row Deletion with Google Apps Script #

If you frequently encounter the need to delete specific rows in large datasets or if you want to automate row deletion based on certain conditions, Google Apps Script offers a powerful solution. Below is an example script that demonstrates how to automate row deletion in Google Sheets using Apps Script:

function deleteRowsAutomatically() {
var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getSheetByName("Sheet1");
var data = sheet.getDataRange().getValues();

// Example: Delete all rows where the value in column B is "Delete"
for (var i = data.length - 1; i >= 0; i--) {
if (data[i][1] === "Delete") {
sheet.deleteRow(i + 1);

To use this script:

  1. Open your Google Sheets document and click on "Extensions" in the menu bar.
  2. Select "Apps Script" from the drop-down menu. This will open the Apps Script editor in a new tab.
  3. In the Apps Script editor, paste the provided script into the code editor window.
  4. Modify the script to suit your needs. For example, you can change the condition data[i][1] === "Delete" to delete rows based on a different condition or column.
  5. Save the script by clicking on the floppy disk icon or by pressing Ctrl + S (or Command + S on Mac).
  6. Go back to your Google Sheets document, and the script will now be available under the "Extensions" menu.
  7. Click on the script's name (e.g., "deleteRowsAutomatically") to run it. The script will delete the specified rows automatically based on the defined condition.

Use Case Examples #

  1. Cleaning up survey data: If you have collected survey responses and want to remove any rows that contain incomplete or irrelevant data, deleting those rows manually or automatically can be a quick way to clean up your data set.

  2. Removing duplicates: When dealing with large datasets, duplicates can often occur. Deleting duplicate rows manually or using Apps Script can help streamline your data by leaving only the unique entries.

  3. Filtering specific criteria: If you need to analyze specific portions of your data, deleting rows that do not meet certain criteria can simplify the analysis process. By using Google Apps Script, you can automate this filtering process based on custom conditions.

Deleting rows in Google Sheets can help declutter your sheet and streamline your data. Whether you prefer deleting rows manually or opting for the automation offered by Google Apps Script, these methods can save you time and enhance your productivity when working with Google Sheets.

To reference another sheet in Google Sheets, you can use the "INDIRECT" function.

If you want to remove blank rows in Google Sheets, you can utilize the "Filter" function combined with the "ISBLANK" formula.

In order to delete empty rows in Google Sheets, you can utilize the "Filter" function combined with the "ISBLANK" formula.

To delete rows in Google Sheets, you can use the "Delete" option available in the "Edit" menu.

If you're looking to find duplicates in a column in Google Sheets, you can use the "Countif" function combined with conditional formatting.