How to Delete a Text Box in Microsoft Excel for Office 365

Most of the data that you enter into an Excel spreadsheet will typically go into the cells. But you can put other objects in a spreadsheet, such as a text box. You may be wondering how to delete a text box in Microsoft Excel if you don’t need it.

Text boxes can be useful in an Excel spreadsheet when you have data or information that you don’t want to include in a cell. The text box exists on a layer above the spreadsheet, and you can move the text box around freely.

But Excel text boxes have limitations, and you may find that you can’t use the text box in the manner that you were hoping.

Fortunately you can delete a Microsoft Excel text box by following the steps outlined below.

How to Delete a Text Box in Microsoft Excel for Office 365

  1. Open your spreadsheet.
  2. Click on the border of the text box.
  3. Press the Backspace or Delete key.

Our article continues below with additional information on deleting text boxes in Microsoft Excel, including pictures of these steps.

How to Delete a Microsoft Excel Text Box (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Excel for Office 365 version of the application, but will work in most other Excel versions as well.

Step 1: Open the Excel file containing the text box that you want to delete.

Step 2: Click on the border of the text box.

how to delete a text box in Microsoft Excel for Office 365

Step 3: Press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard to delete the text box.

You can also delete a text by right-clicking on the text box border, then selecting the Cut option.

How to Create a Text Box in Microsoft Excel

If you are deleting a text box because the current one isn’t what you wanted, then you may need to create a new one.

You can create a new text box by clicking the Insert tab at the top of the window, then clicking the Text Box button in the Text section of the ribbon. You can then draw the text box on the spreadsheet.

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