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How to Delete Columns in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

Deleting columns in Excel is a straightforward process, and there are multiple ways to accomplish this task. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of deleting columns in Excel using the mouse, keyboard shortcuts, and the ribbon.

Deleting a Column with the Mouse

  1. Click: Click on the column header of the column you want to delete.
  2. Press Delete Key: Press the "Delete" key on your keyboard.
  3. The selected column will be deleted instantly.

Deleting a Column with Keyboard Shortcuts

  • To delete the column to the left of the selected cell:
  • Press CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW.
  • To delete the column to the right of the selected cell:
  • Press CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW.

Deleting a Column with the Ribbon

  1. Go to Home Tab: Navigate to the Home tab in the Excel ribbon.
  2. Click Delete: In the Cells group, click on "Delete."
  3. Choose Delete Columns: Select "Delete Columns" from the drop-down menu.

Deleting Multiple Columns in Excel

To delete multiple adjacent columns:

  1. Click on the column header of the first column to delete.
  2. Press and hold the SHIFT key.
  3. While holding SHIFT, click on the column header of the last column to delete.
  4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

To delete multiple non-adjacent columns:

  1. Click on the column header of the first column to delete.
  2. Press and hold the CTRL key.
  3. While holding CTRL, click on the column headers of the other columns to delete.
  4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Summary

Deleting columns in Excel is a simple process, whether you prefer using the mouse, keyboard shortcuts, or the ribbon. This guide has provided step-by-step instructions for each method, allowing you to efficiently manage your Excel spreadsheet.