How To Remove Only Non-Formula Values From Cells

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 09/30/14 •  4 min read
VBA Code Macro Remove Cell Range Fill Color

What This VBA Code Does

It's that time of year again where I have been tasked to go through and prep some of the company's Excel files for next year.  This means deleting all hard-coded numbers out of this year's workbooks so the working files are blank and ready to go for next year.  Luckily I don't have to stress over accidentally deleting a subtotal formula or selecting every individual cell by hand (ok, technically by mouse) because I can have a VBA macro that can clear out all the hard-coded numbers with 100% accuracy in a split second!

I have add two variations in this post.  The first clears all cells with numerical values in the currently viewed Excel worksheet.

Sub ClearNonFormulaCells()
'PURPOSE: Remove all hard coded numbers from cells
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

ActiveSheet.Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants, 1).ClearContents

End Sub

This next variation will go through every spreadsheet tab in the currently viewed Excel workbook and remove any hard-coded numbers.

Sub ClearNonFormulaCells()
'PURPOSE: Remove all hard coded numbers from cells in entire Workbook
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim sht As Worksheet

'Loop through each worksheet
  For Each sht In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
    sht.Cells.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants, 1).ClearContents
  Next sht

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?

Chances are this post did not give you the exact answer you were looking for. We all have different situations and it's impossible to account for every particular need one might have. That's why I want to share with you: My Guide to Getting the Solution to your Problems FAST! In this article, I explain the best strategies I have come up with over the years to get quick answers to complex problems in Excel, PowerPoint, VBA, you name it

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.