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Delete All Blank Worksheets In Your Excel Workbook With VBA

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 07/08/15 •  4 min read
Remove Every Empty Worksheet In Your Excel Workbook With VBA

What This VBA Code Does

This is a great little snippet of code I often use whenever I am cleaning up Excel workbooks or when I am using VBA macros to create new workbooks and I want to remove any excess worksheet tabs that might be hanging around.

Remove All Blank Tabs In ActiveWorkbook

Sub RemoveBlankSheets_ActiveWorkbook()
'PURPOSE: Delete any blanks sheets in the active workbook
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim sht As Worksheet

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
  
For Each sht In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
  If WorksheetFunction.CountA(sht.Cells) = 0 And _
    ActiveWorkbook.Sheets.Count > 1 Then sht.Delete
Next sht

Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Application.ScreenUpdating = True

End Sub

Loop Through All Open Workbooks And Remove Blank Tabs

Sub RemoveBlankSheets_AllWorkbooks()
'PURPOSE: Delete any blanks sheets in any open workbook
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim wb As Workbook
Dim sht As Worksheet

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
  
For Each wb In Application.Workbooks
  If wb.Name <> "PERSONAL.xlsb" Then
    For Each sht In wb.Worksheets
      If WorksheetFunction.CountA(sht.Cells) = 0 And _
        wb.Sheets.Count > 1 Then sht.Delete
    Next sht
  End If
Next wb

Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Application.ScreenUpdating = True

End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.