Excel/Looping in macro


Dear Bob,

I have a workbook with over 50 work sheets; in which i need to delete the first 28 rows from all the sheets.

the below code is not working and returning an error:

Sub deleterows()
' deleterows Macro
   Dim ws As Worksheet

   ' Loop through all selected sheets.
   For Each ws In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
         Selection.Delete Shift:=xlUp
   Next ws

End Sub

I cannot put the finger on where i have a mistake. Pls help.

Also if i need to add an option for the macro to prompt the number of rows i need deleting within a workbook (not worksheet) is that possible?

Many thanks.


You didn't look thru all the sheets; you looked at the active sheet only and tried to delete rows 1:28 as many times as there are sheets!
Change this:

  For Each ws In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
         Selection.Delete Shift:=xlUp
   Next ws

to this:

  For Each ws In ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets
  Next ws
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