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Excel Guide

How to Delete a Column in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

Deleting a column in Excel is a simple process that can help you organize your spreadsheet. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to delete a column:

Step One: Select the Column

The first step is to select the column that you want to delete. There are two ways to do this:

1. If you know the column number:

  • Click on the column header of the column you want to delete. For example, if you want to delete column C, click on the header that says "C."

2. If you don't know the column number:

  • Click on the first cell in the column you want to delete.
  • Hold down the "Shift" key on your keyboard.
  • Click the last cell in the column. This action will highlight the entire column.

Step Two: Right-Click and Delete

Once you have the column selected, right-click anywhere inside the column. This action will bring up a menu of options. From this menu, select "Delete."

A warning message will appear, stating, "You are about to delete one or more cells. Do you want to continue?" Click "Yes."

And that's it! The column will be deleted, and the cells to the right will shift over.

Step Three: Save Your Work

As a good practice, save your work after making changes to your spreadsheet. To do this:

  1. Click the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the screen.
  2. Select "Save As."
  3. Choose the location where you want to save the file.
  4. Click "Save."