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How do I delete all rows containing a certain (variable) text string?

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    How do I delete all rows containing a certain (variable) text string?

    Hello. I apologise if this topic has been covered before but I've had a look and cannot find an answer on this forum.

    I often spend a lot of time sorting through a large spreadsheet of data and cutting out certain rows I know to be unnecessary based on a word or part of word they contain.
    I would be grateful if someone could suggest a method to search through a spready and delete any row contaning a certain string.

    For example, if I had:

    twotwothree
    oneonetwo
    twothreeone
    onetwotwo
    threethreeone

    and wanted to get rid of any row containing 'three' to leave just

    oneonetwo
    onetwotwo

    The data I need to search for and remove is always different so it would be ideal to have an input box to prompt for the string to search for, so in the above example for eg. you could specify 'two' instead of 'three'. In addition the data is not always in the same column.

    Please help! Going through each and every row rightclick-deleting irrelevant ones is driving me crazy. I've scoured the internet for solutions to this, and I've found various 'solutions' that appear to be ideal, but when I try to use them nothing ever happens (well, one deleted absolutely everything). I have a general idea of coding but no clue about Excel VBA, which makes me all the more frustrated when it looks like something should work but I'm at a loss to work out why it doesn't. I'm using Excel 2003, if that makes any difference at all.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Try this

    Give this a try. Highlight the cells or column which contains the strings to be matched and then invoke this macro.

    Chuck

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    Thanks! That's worked 100% better than anything else I've tried so far. However it seems to only work if the data is in column A, but not if the data is in any other column. In my current situation it's in column E. That's easily solved - I've just manually swapped over columns A and E and then swapped them back once the deletions are made.

    Much appreciated. When I have some spare time I'll try to see if I can tweak it so I don't have to put the relevant data into column A.

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    Select a range

    Hi. An additional note: if you select a range (like column E, or cells in column E) then invoke the macro, it should work without a code change.

    Chuck L

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    With this code you don't need to select anything, either manually or within the code

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    Hope that helps.

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    Re: How do I delete all rows containing a certain (variable) text string?

    I need a litle help... This is my first post and I`m beginner in exel....
    I have list off all e-mail address's that I buy from marketing agency.
    I need some script that filter and select all rows with matched string (.net for example)

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: How do I delete all rows containing a certain (variable) text string?

    You need to start your own question

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    Re: How do I delete all rows containing a certain (variable) text string?

    Thanks Roy,

    Sashamilic,

    Welcome to the Forum, unfortunately:

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    Re: How do I delete all rows containing a certain (variable) text string?

    HOLY SMOKES RoyUK. That rocked!!! It works so fast and perfectly. Thank you for sharing your time, knowledge and expertise. I'm immensely grateful.

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