# Excel - Removing different rows in 2 sheets

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Max - Oct 10, 2011 at 03:34 AM
venkat1926 Posts 1864 Registration date Sunday June 14, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen August 7, 2021 - Oct 10, 2011 at 07:44 AM
Hello,

I have two worksheets containing a different number of rows.

I want to delete all rows in sheet 1 that have a value in column A that can not be found in column A of sheet 2.

Can anybody explain me if this is possible in excel and if possible; how can i do this?

All help greaaaatly appreciated!!

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venkat1926 Posts 1864 Registration date Sunday June 14, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen August 7, 2021 810
Oct 10, 2011 at 05:27 AM
what is your expertise in excel. Are you familiar with macros.
any how I am giving you manual solution. if you want macro post back

suppose your sheet 1 is like this

hdnag1 hdng2
f 4
d 3
a 1
s 2
g 5

some of these of column A in this sheet are there in sheet2 and not all

in sheet 1 C1 type "expt" without quotes
in c2 type or copy this formula
=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!\$A\$2:\$A\$100,1,0)),"",VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet1!\$A\$2:\$A\$100,1,0))
now sort sheet1 according to column "expt" DESCENDING

those rows where the cells in column C are blank will come in the bottom. you can delete those rows.
subsequently you can also delete the column "expt" in sheet1

try this in this experimental data. if you want macro whose operation will be easier post back
Thank you very very much.

It took me some time to understand the formula.
(still I don't understand exactly what is happening, but it's working now)

I had to change the formula to my Dutch version of Excel (meaning that comma's had to be replaced with ;)

Resulting in:
=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A4;Sheet1!\$A\$2:\$A\$80000;1;0));"";VLOOKUP(A4;Sheet2!\$A\$2:\$A\$80000;1;0))

(this may probably help people with a Dutch or similar version of Excel)

Once again, thank you very very much
If possible I am also curious about the MACRO,

as I am trying to work more with MACRO's in the future
venkat1926 Posts 1864 Registration date Sunday June 14, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen August 7, 2021 810
Oct 10, 2011 at 07:44 AM
see help under VLOOKUP