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How to Delete/Remove Checkbox In Excel

Adding checkboxes in Excel is very useful for creating interactive spreadsheets, allowing users to select or deselect options with a simple click. However, there may come a time when you need to remove checkboxes from your Excel worksheet, either one at a time or in multiples.

Whether you’re cleaning up your data or making updates to your workbook, deleting checkboxes is a straightforward process.

In today’s guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to delete checkboxes in Excel, either individually or by removing multiple of them at the same time.

Let’s dive right into it.

How to Remove Checkbox In Excel (Individually)

To remove or delete individual checkboxes in Excel, press down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on the checkbox to select it. Once selected, press the Delete key to remove the selected checkbox. 

Alternatively, right-click on the checkbox you wish to remove. A shortcut menu will appear; select Cut from the menu to remove that particular checkbox.

See the screenshot below:

Right click and delete checkbox in Excel

Occasionally, checkboxes in Excel may be linked with other cells, and removing them could alter the behavior of these linked cells. This linkage allows the checkbox to influence the linked cell’s value, dynamically switching between TRUE and FALSE based on the checkbox’s state. 

Take, for instance, the illustration below, where ‘Check Box 4’ in Cell A1 is connected to Cell B1. This connection empowers Cell B1 to dynamically toggle between TRUE and FALSE each time the checkbox is checked or unchecked.

However, if you decide to delete the checkbox, Cell B1 loses its dynamic nature and will no longer adapt between TRUE and FALSE. This change could potentially impact any formulas or conditional formatting that rely on Cell B1’s dynamic value.

Nevertheless, when you delete a checkbox linked to a cell, the TRUE or FALSE value will remain in the linked cell, but only as a static value, devoid of the previous dynamic behavior.

As you can see in the below screenshot, the text ‘TRUE’ remains in Cell B2.

How to Delete Multiple Checkboxes in Excel

Now let’s look at how you can delete multiple checkboxes in Excel.

Imagine you’ve been working diligently on your Excel spreadsheet, creating an interactive form with multiple checkboxes to facilitate user input.

However, after reviewing your data, you realize that some checkboxes are redundant or no longer necessary.

Deleting them one by one seems tedious and time-consuming, leaving you wondering if there’s a more efficient way to manage these checkboxes.

Thankfully, there is

In this section, we will explore how to delete multiple checkboxes in Excel, saving you valuable time and helping you maintain a tidy and organized worksheet.

Without further ado, let’s get started with it. 

Method 1: Use the Mouse to Select and Delete Multiple Checkboxes in Excel (Ctrl+Click, then Delete)

The Ctrl+Click method of selecting items is a commonly used technique in various software applications, including file explorers, word processors, and spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel. It allows users to select multiple items, whether they are files, cells, checkboxes, or any other selectable elements, without having to make a continuous selection.

Once you use this method to select the checkboxes you want to remove, pressing the Delete key will get rid of all the selected cells in the worksheet.

This method is particularly useful when you need to select and delete certain checkboxes within a spreadsheet.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to use the Ctrl+Click method to select and delete multiple checkboxes in Excel.

  • Hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard.
  • While holding “Ctrl,” use your mouse to click on each checkbox you wish to delete. The selected checkboxes will be highlighted.
  • Once you have selected all the checkboxes you want to remove, press the “Delete” key on your keyboard.
  • Alternatively, right-click on any of the selected checkboxes and choose “Cut.”

The above steps are illustrated in the short video below:

Select and Remove Checkbox in Excel

As you can see, the selected checkboxes will be removed from the worksheet, leaving you with a cleaner and more organized spreadsheet.

Method 2: Using ‘Go to Special’ to Delete Multiple Checkboxes in Excel

In Microsoft Excel, ‘Go to Special’ is a powerful feature that allows users to perform various operations on selected special types of cells or objects within a worksheet. It offers a convenient way to isolate specific elements in your data, making it easier to manipulate, format, or delete them. 

One of the most valuable applications of ‘Go to Special’ is its ability to swiftly delete multiple checkboxes scattered throughout an Excel spreadsheet.

Follow the steps below to get rid of multiple (or all) checkboxes in Excel using ‘Go to Special’:

  • Go to the “Home” tab
  • Under the Editing category, click on “Find & Select,” and choose “Go to Special.” 
  • In the dialog box that appears, select “Objects” and click “OK.” This action will highlight all the objects, including checkboxes, on the worksheet.
  • With all the checkboxes selected, you can effortlessly delete them using the “Delete” key on your keyboard or the right-click menu. 

This method is particularly useful when you want to delete all checkboxes in your Excel workbook, saving you significant time and effort.

Caution: Beware of Other Objects

While ‘Go to Special’ is a powerful tool for selecting and deleting multiple checkboxes, it’s essential to exercise caution, especially when your spreadsheet contains other types of objects. 

Using ‘Go to Special’ with the “Objects” option can inadvertently select and delete other objects as well, leading to unintended consequences and potential data loss.

For instance, if your worksheet includes shapes, buttons, images, or other form controls (e.g., radio buttons, list boxes), ‘Go to Special’ may select and delete these objects along with the checkboxes. 

Imagine the disruption if your spreadsheet had important charts, logos, or buttons critical for navigation. The accidental deletion could seriously impact data integrity and render your Excel workbook dysfunctional.

Therefore, it is crucial to exercise caution and be aware of other objects present in your worksheet. Before using ‘Go to Special’ with the “Objects” option, verify that only checkboxes will be affected and not other critical elements. 

Note: You can go around the limitations of this method by using VBA, as shown in the next section.

Method 3: How to Clear Checkboxes In Excel Using VBA (For Advanced Users)

Excel’s Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is a powerful tool that allows users to automate tasks and manipulate data in Excel workbooks.

If you find yourself dealing with multiple checkboxes that need to be removed from your spreadsheet, using VBA can save you considerable time and effort.

More interestingly, using the VBA method offers a significant advantage over the ‘Go to Special’ method, as it allows for precise control and avoids unintentional deletions of other objects within the spreadsheet.

While the Go to Special method might inadvertently select and delete objects like shapes, buttons, or images, VBA provides a targeted approach by specifically identifying and removing only the checkboxes.

This level of precision eliminates the risk of accidental data loss or disruption to critical elements in the workbook, ensuring data integrity and maintaining the functionality of the spreadsheet.

Without wasting much time, let’s explore how to use VBA to delete multiple checkboxes in Excel.

Step 1: Enable the Developer Tab

Before we dive into VBA, you need to ensure that the Developer tab is visible in your Excel ribbon. 

Step 2: Access the VBA Editor

Once the Developer tab is enabled, you can access the VBA Editor by going to the “Developer” tab, in the “Code” group, and clicking on “Visual Basic” to open the VBA Editor.

Step 3: Insert a New Module

In the VBA Editor, you’ll see the Project Explorer window on the left. If it’s not visible, press “Ctrl + R” to show it. Now follow these steps:

  • Right-click on “VBAProject (Your Workbook Name)” in the Project Explorer.
  • Choose “Insert” from the context menu, and then select “Module.” A new module will be added to your workbook’s VBA project.

Step 4: Write the VBA Code

Now that you have a new module, you can write the following VBA code to delete the checkboxes:

Replace “Sheet1” in the `Set ws = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets(“Sheet1”)` line with the name of your worksheet where the checkboxes are located.

Remove multiple Checkboxes In Excel Using VBA

Step 5: Run the VBA Code

To execute the VBA code and delete the checkboxes, follow these steps:

  • Save and close the VBA Editor to return to your Excel worksheet.
  • Press “Alt + F8” to open the “Macro” dialog box.
  • Select “DeleteCheckboxes” from the list of available macros.
  • Click “Run” to execute the VBA code.

Using VBA to delete checkboxes in Excel is an efficient way to manage your spreadsheet. By following the steps in this guide, you can quickly automate the process of removing checkboxes, saving you time and effort.


We successfully explored the best methods to delete checkboxes in Excel, individually or in multiples. Checkboxes are valuable for interactivity, but when redundant, removing them maintains data integrity and enhances organization.

The first method removes checkboxes individually by selecting and pressing “Delete” or right-clicking to cut. Consider linked cells’ dynamic behavior when deleting checkboxes to avoid formula and formatting disruptions.

The second method uses ‘Go to Special’ to delete multiple checkboxes efficiently. Exercise caution with other objects like shapes, buttons, or images to prevent unintended data loss.

VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) in the third method offers precise control, targeting only checkboxes and preserving other objects. It’s ideal for complex worksheets and data integrity.

Choose the method that suits your needs to create cleaner, more organized Excel spreadsheets, and boost productivity in data manipulation tasks.