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# Delete Duplicates takes over 3 hours to complete

## Delete Duplicates takes over 3 hours to complete

(OP)
Hi All,
The below code finds dupes and deletes the dupe(s) with the lowest number located in column "BL". The code works great for small set of data (8k rows). I am trying to use the code for over a 500,000 cells takes over three hours to run. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sub DeleteDups()
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual
Application.EnableEvents = False

Dim sh As Worksheet, lr As Long
Sheets("A").Select
Set sh = Sheets("A")
lr = Cells.Find(What:="*", After:=[A1], SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlPrevious).Row

ColLoc = "F"
y = "BL"

For i = lr To 2 Step -1
With sh
Set fnRng = .Range(ColLoc & 2, .Cells(i - 1, y)).Find(.Cells(i, y).Value, , xlValues, xlWhole)
If Not fnRng Is Nothing Then
If fnRng.Offset(0, 58) > .Cells(i, y).Offset(0, 58) Then
.Rows(i).Delete
ElseIf fnRng.Offset(0, 58) < .Cells(i, y).Offset(0, 58) Then
fnRng.EntireRow.Delete
End If
End If
End With
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic
Application.EnableEvents = True
End Sub

### RE: Delete Duplicates takes over 3 hours to complete

If you are using any version of excel after 2003, Application.ScreenUpdating doesn't work. The problem is that it updates the ribbon at the same time, even though the sheet isn't updated. Even when the ribbon is minimized, you will still see the cursor moving left and right when there are ribbon updates.

### RE: Delete Duplicates takes over 3 hours to complete

You're better off having code that creates a new column that contains a Yes/No or True/False or 1/0 value based on whether you want to delete the row or not. Then sort the worksheet based on that column and then delete all of the rows in one pass. This is similar to what Skip is saying in your other thread.

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