Deleting rows from a table

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#1 Michael

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:24 PM

I have an Excel (2013) table and it won’t allow me to delete rows.  I can delete columns but not rows.  I wonder why?

#2 Jonathan

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:58 PM

Hi Michael,

The most likely explanation is that you actually have two tables rather than one. Excel won't allow you to delete a row if it spans more than one table.

If two tables are directly next to each other it might look like there's only one table, so this might be the problem even if you think you only have a single table.

I have attached an example workbook with two tables that will allow you to test this:

If you open the attached workbook you'll find that you can delete rows 2, 3, 9 and 10, but can't delete rows 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

The simple solution is to convert all of your tables into ordinary ranges, delete the rows as necessary and then convert them back into a single table.

You can see how to convert a table into a range in the video lesson: Expert Skills Lesson 1-12 Format a table using table styles and convert a table into a range.

You can see how to convert a range back into a table in the video tutorial: Expert Skills Lesson 1-11 Convert a range into a table and add a total row.

I hope this is the solution to your problem, but please feel free to reply if you need any more help with this. If you attach a copy of the workbook in question I will be able to solve the problem more easily. You can see instructions for how to attach files here.

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#3 Michael

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:26 PM

Thanks Jonathan.  Sorry for delay in replying but been off line for a while.  I did convert the table to a range in order to delete the row but I was wondering why I couldn’t do it otherwise.  And you’re right I did have two tables.  Good to know this in future.

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