Deleting columns

Overview

The [highlight txt=’delete column’] instruction allows a user to delete columns within a particular Excel worksheet.

[message type=”warning”]For the purposes of this article we are going to use a simple and fictitious Excel file. It has already been uploaded into a data step. You will want to replace this file with one of your own.[/message]

Before we get started

Please further create a ‘Manipulate a file’ or ‘Multiple file manipulations’ action step so that you can add and use instructions.

The target file that we are going to use looks like this:

Steps

1. Create a ‘Delete column’ instruction.

2. Link the file named “Target” as the target file.

3. Select Sheet1.

4. Into the ‘Delete column at’ field, type “A,C”. This configures the step to delete both ColumnA and ColumnC, that is, the columns containing 0 and 20.

6. Save and run the step.

7. After the step finishes running, download and open the target file. Check the list of named ranges:

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