How to: Delete Duplicate Entries in a Range
Last modified: July 18, 2011
Applies to: Excel 2013 | Office 2013 | VBA
The following example shows how to take a range of data in column A and delete duplicate entries. This example uses the AdvancedFilter method of the Range object with the Unique parameter equal to True to get the unique list of data. The Action parameter equals xlFilterInPlace, specifying that the data is filtered in place. If you want to retain your original data, set the Action parameter equal to xlFilterCopy and specify the location where you want the filtered data copied in the CopyToRange parameter. Once the unique values are filtered, this example uses the SpecialCells method of the Range object to find any remaining blank rows and deletes them.
Sub DeleteDuplicates() With Application ' Turn off screen updating to increase performance .ScreenUpdating = False Dim LastColumn As Integer LastColumn = Cells.Find(What:="*", After:=Range("A1"), SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, SearchDirection:=xlPrevious).Column + 1 With Range("A1:A" & Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row) ' Use AdvanceFilter to filter unique values .AdvancedFilter Action:=xlFilterInPlace, Unique:=True .SpecialCells(xlCellTypeVisible).Offset(0, LastColumn - 1).Value = 1 On Error Resume Next ActiveSheet.ShowAllData 'Delete the blank rows Columns(LastColumn).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeBlanks).EntireRow.Delete Err.Clear End With Columns(LastColumn).Clear .ScreenUpdating = True End With End Sub
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