Quickly delete all data in a column?

This seems like a dumb question, but I can’t seem to find a quick way so I hope some of you can help?
I have a base with many hundreds of records on it. The first column is all data that I need to get rid of. I can’t delete the column as it is the mandatory one. So I need a quick way to just clear the data in column 1.

All I seem to be able to do is select and drag down to select multiple cells in the column to then be able to delete the data and this is taking a very long time due to the number of records in the table!

Is there a more efficient way to do this?

There are two other ways to do this, to my knowledge.

  1. Click the column title once - this should select all cells in the column.

  2. Select the first cell in the column, then hit ctrl / cmd + shift + down arrow - this should select all cells in the column.

Either way, once you have all cells selected, you should be able to hit backspace to clear them all.

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I knew the solution must be super simple :face_with_hand_over_mouth: Not sure why I didn’t manage to make it work before!
Thanks for you help!

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