When you initially create a spreadsheet, you often do so by including a row of column titles in the first row of the spreadsheet. Generally this allows you specify the fields of data that you need for the spreadsheet’s purposes, ensuring that you have everything that you need in order to properly evaluate your data.
But as you are completing the spreadsheet and populating your cells with data, you may discover that a particular column of data isn’t needed, is not serving its intended purposes, or might even be incorrect. Fortunately you are able to delete data in Google Sheets, and you can even delete an entire column if it isn’t needed anymore.
How to Remove an Existing Column from a Spreadsheet in Google Sheets
The steps in this guide are going to show you how to delete a column from a spreadsheet in Google Sheets. Once you have deleted this column you will not be able to access the data in the deleted cells again in the future.
Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open the spreadsheet containing the column that you want to delete.
Step 2: Click the column letter at the top of the spreadsheet for the column that you want to delete. This will select that entire column.
Step 3: Right-click on the selected column letter, then click the Delete column option.
Do you need to add another column to your spreadsheet, rather than delete one? Find out how to insert a column in Google Sheets if you need to include an additional field of data amidst the existing columns of data that you have.