Deleting Columns in Microsoft® Excel

Get to know more about customizing and deleting columns in Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Excel is included in the Microsoft Office tools software package. The user can install and use Microsoft Excel alone or it can be installed along with Microsoft Office tools. Microsoft Excel consists of spreadsheets. These spreadsheets are the working platforms in the Microsoft Excel application. A user can create spreadsheets and workbooks on the Microsoft Excel platform. A group of spreadsheets is known as a workbook. The Microsoft Excel workbooks include cells that are aligned as rows and columns. The use of the Microsoft Excel application is to create and store data in a spreadsheet format. The application is not only intended for storing data but is also used as an analysis tool. The user can perform calculations on the data inserted in Microsoft Excel work sheets.

Discussed below are some ways to customize rows and columns in Microsoft Excel and also ways to insert and delete rows and columns in Microsoft Excel:

  • Ways to Customize Rows and Columns in Microsoft Excel
  • Ways to Insert Rows and Columns
  • Ways to Delete Rows and columns

Ways to Customize Rows and Columns in Microsoft Excel

A user can customize rows and columns on the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet by right clicking on the cell or at the row or column header. The first tab that is seen at the starting point of each row or column is the header. The user can change the format of the cells at the row or column position from the ‘Format cell’ option or ‘Format row’ or ‘Column’ option. Various features like the number, alignment, font, border, protection, patterns, etc. can be changed according to the user needs. New rows and columns can be inserted and the existing ones can be easily deleted. Coloring options can also be customized. The customization can be applied on a single cell or on multiple cells in the rows or columns. Customization of the rows and columns is also possible from the top menu options provided at the top of the application window.

Ways to Insert Rows and Columns

A user can insert new rows and columns by right clicking on the row or column header. The option for inserting the row or column should be selected from the menu. The new rows and columns would be then inserted at the current position by pushing the already existing rows or columns backwards. The user can also insert multiple rows or columns by selecting multiple rows and columns and then choosing the ‘Insert’ option.

Ways to Delete Rows and Columns

The user can also delete rows and columns by right clicking on the header position of the row or column and then choosing the ‘Delete’ option. The user can also delete multiple rows and columns by selecting multiple rows and columns and then deleting them. The contents on a particular row or column can be deleted by right clicking and selecting the ‘Clear Contents’ option.

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