Remove a drop-down list

If you no longer want a drop-down list in your worksheet, you can remove it.


  1. Select the cell with the drop-down list.

    If you have multiple cells with drop-down lists that you want to delete, you can use Ctrl+Left click to select them.

  2. Click Data >Data Validation.

  3. On the Settings tab, click Clear All.

  4. Click OK

Click Clear All to remove a drop-down list

If you need to remove all Data Validation from a worksheet, including drop-down lists, but you don't know where they are, then you can use the Go To Special dialog. Press Ctrl+G > Special, then Data Validation > All or Same, and repeat the steps above.

If, instead of deleting it, you decide you want to change the options in your drop-down list, see Add or remove items from a drop-down list.

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community, get support in the Answers community, or suggest a new feature or improvement on Excel User Voice.

See Also

Create a drop-down list

Apply data validation to cells

Overview of formulas in Excel

How to avoid broken formulas

Find and correct errors in formulas

Excel keyboard shortcuts and function keys

Excel functions (alphabetical)

Excel functions (by category)

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