Filter a list of data

When you filter a list, you temporarily hide some of your content. Filters provide a quick way to find and work with a subset of data in a range or table.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Data tab, click Filter.

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow Arrow showing that column is filtered in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then enter your filter criteria.

    In the Filter box, select Choose One

Notes: 

  • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

  • When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

  • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Data tab, click Filter.

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow Arrow showing that column is filtered in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then enter your filter criteria.

    In the Filter box, select Choose One

  5. In the box next to the pop-up menu, enter the number that you want to use.

  6. Depending on your choice, you may be offered additional criteria to select:

    In the Filter box, select And or Or to add more criteria

Notes: 

  • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

  • When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

  • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  • Instead of filtering, you can use conditional formatting to make the top or bottom numbers stand out clearly in your data.

You can quickly filter data based on visual criteria, such as font color, cell color, or icon sets. And you can filter whether you have formatted cells, applied cell styles, or used conditional formatting.

  1. In a range of cells or a table column, click a cell that contains the cell color, font color, or icon that you want to filter by.

  2. On the Data tab, click Filter .

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, in the By color pop-up menu, select Cell Color, Font Color, or Cell Icon, and then click a color.

This option is available only if the column that you want to filter contains a blank cell.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Data toolbar, click Filter.

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. In the (Select All) area, scroll down and select the (Blanks) check box.

    Notes: 

    • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

    • When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

    • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Data tab, click Filter .

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then in the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    To filter the range for

    Click

    Rows that contain specific text

    Contains or Equals.

    Rows that do not contain specific text

    Does Not Contain or Does Not Equal.

  5. In the box next to the pop-up menu, enter the text that you want to use.

  6. Depending on your choice, you may be offered additional criteria to select:

    In the Filter box, select And or Or to add more criteria

    To

    Click

    Filter the table column or selection so that both criteria must be true

    And.

    Filter the table column or selection so that either or both criteria can be true

    Or.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Data toolbar, click Filter .

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then in the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    To filter for

    Click

    The beginning of a line of text

    Begins With.

    The end of a line of text

    Ends With.

    Cells that contain text but do not begin with letters

    Does Not Begin With.

    Cells that contain text but do not end with letters

    Does Not End With.

  5. In the box next to the pop-up menu, enter the text that you want to use.

  6. Depending on your choice, you may be offered additional criteria to select:

    In the Filter box, select And or Or to add more criteria

    To

    Click

    Filter the table column or selection so that both criteria must be true

    And.

    Filter the table column or selection so that either or both criteria can be true

    Or.

Wildcard characters can be used to help you build criteria.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Data toolbar, click Filter.

    On the Data tab, select Filter

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and select any option.

  5. In the text box, type your criteria and include a wildcard character.

    For example, if you wanted your filter to catch both the word "seat" and "seam", type sea?.

  6. Do one of the following:

    Use

    To find

    ? (question mark)

    Any single character

    For example, sm?th finds "smith" and "smyth"

    * (asterisk)

    Any number of characters

    For example, *east finds "Northeast" and "Southeast"

    ~ (tilde)

    A question mark or an asterisk

    For example, there~? finds "there?"

Do any of the following:

To

Do this

Remove specific filter criteria for a filter

Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in a column that includes a filter, and then click Clear Filter.

Remove all filters that are applied to a range or table

Select the columns of the range or table that have filters applied, and then on the Data tab, click Filter.

Remove filter arrows from or reapply filter arrows to a range or table

Select the columns of the range or table that have filters applied, and then on the Data tab, click Filter.

When you filter data, only the data that meets your criteria appears. The data that doesn't meet that criteria is hidden. After you filter data, you can copy, find, edit, format, chart, and print the subset of filtered data.

Table with Top 4 Items filter applied

Filter of top four values

Filters are additive. This means that each additional filter is based on the current filter and further reduces the subset of data. You can make complex filters by filtering on more than one value, more than one format, or more than one criteria. For example, you can filter on all numbers greater than 5 that are also below average. But some filters (top and bottom ten, above and below average) are based on the original range of cells. For example, when you filter the top ten values, you'll see the top ten values of the whole list, not the top ten values of the subset of the last filter.

In Excel, you can create three kinds of filters: by values, by a format, or by criteria. But each of these filter types is mutually exclusive. For example, you can filter by cell color or by a list of numbers, but not by both. You can filter by icon or by a custom filter, but not by both.

Filters hide extraneous data. In this manner, you can concentrate on just what you want to see. In contrast, when you sort data, the data is rearranged into some order. For more information about sorting, see Sort a list of data.

When you filter, consider the following guidelines:

  • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  • You can filter by more than one column. When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

  • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

Note:  When you use Find to search filtered data, only the data that is displayed is searched; data that is not displayed is not searched. To search all the data, clear all filters.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then in the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    To filter for the

    Click

    Top numbers by value

    Top 10.

    Bottom numbers by value

    Bottom 10.

    Top numbers by percentage

    Top 10, click Items, and then on the pop-up menu, click Percent.

    Bottom numbers by percentage

    Bottom 10, click Items, and then on the pop-up menu, click Percent.

Notes: 

  • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

  • When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

  • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  • Instead of filtering, you can use conditional formatting to make the top or bottom numbers stand out clearly in your data. For more information about conditional formatting, see Highlight data points with conditional formatting.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then in the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    To filter for

    Click

    Numbers greater than or less than a particular number

    Greater Than or Less Than.

    Numbers equal to or not equal to a particular number

    Equals or Does Not Equal.

  5. In the box next to the pop-up menu, enter the number that you want to use.

  6. Depending on your choice, you may be offered additional criteria to select:

    Filter criteria

    To

    Click

    Filter the table column or selection so that both criteria must be true

    And.

    Filter the table column or selection so that either or both criteria can be true

    Or.

Notes: 

  • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

  • When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

  • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  • Instead of filtering, you can use conditional formatting to make the top or bottom numbers stand out clearly in your data. For more information about conditional formatting, see Highlight data points with conditional formatting.

You can quickly filter data based on visual criteria, such as font color, cell color, or icon sets. And you can filter whether you have formatted cells, applied cell styles, or used conditional formatting.

  1. In a range of cells or a table column, click a cell that contains the cell color, font color, or icon that you want to filter by.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, in the By color pop-up menu, select Cell Color, Font Color, or Cell Icon, and then click a color.

This option is available only if the column that you want to filter contains a blank cell.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. In the (Select All) area, scroll down and select the (Blanks) check box.

    Notes: 

    • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

    • When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

    • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then in the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    To filter the range for

    Click

    Rows that contain specific text

    Contains or Equals.

    Rows that do not contain specific text

    Does Not contain or Does Not equal.

  5. In the box next to the pop-up menu, enter the text that you want to use.

  6. Depending on your choice, you may be offered additional criteria to select:

    Filter criteria

    To

    Click

    Filter the table column or selection so that both criteria must be true

    And.

    Filter the table column or selection so that either or both criteria can be true

    Or.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and then in the pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    To filter f or

    Click

    The beginning of a line of text

    Begins With.

    The end of a line of text

    Ends With.

    Cells that contain text but do not begin with letters

    Does Not Begin With.

    Cells that contain text but do not end with letters

    Does Not End With.

  5. In the box next to the pop-up menu, enter the text that you want to use.

  6. Depending on your choice, you may be offered additional criteria to select:

    Filter criteria

    To

    Click

    Filter the table column or selection so that both criteria must be true

    And.

    Filter the table column or selection so that either or both criteria can be true

    Or.

Wildcard characters can be used to help you build criteria.

  1. Click a cell in the range or table that you want to filter.

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

  3. Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter.

  4. Under Filter, click Choose One, and select any option.

  5. In the text box, type your criteria and include a wildcard character.

    For example, if you wanted your filter to catch both the word "seat" and "seam", type sea?.

  6. Do one of the following:

    Use

    To find

    ? (question mark)

    Any single character

    For example, sm?th finds "smith" and "smyth"

    * (asterisk)

    Any number of characters

    For example, *east finds "Northeast" and "Southeast"

    ~ (tilde)

    A question mark or an asterisk

    For example, there~? finds "there?"

  • Do any of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Remove a filter that is applied to one column in a range or table

    Click the arrow AutoFilter arrow in the column that contains the content that you want to filter, and then click Clear Filter.

    Remove all filters that are applied to a range

    From the Data menu, click Clear Filters.

    Remove all filters that are applied to a table

    Select the columns of the table that has filters applied, then from the Data menu, click Clear Filters.

    Remove filter arrows from or reapply filter arrows to a range or table

    On the Standard toolbar, click Filter Filter button, standard toolbar .

When you filter data, only the data that meets your criteria appears. The data that doesn't meet that criteria is hidden. After you filter data, you can copy, find, edit, format, chart, and print the subset of filtered data.

Table with Top 4 Items filter applied

Filter of top four values

Filters are additive. This means that each additional filter is based on the current filter and further reduces the subset of data. You can make complex filters by filtering on more than one value, more than one format, or more than one criteria. For example, you can filter on all numbers greater than 5 that are also below average. But some filters (top and bottom ten, above and below average) are based on the original range of cells. For example, when you filter the top ten values, you'll see the top ten values of the whole list, not the top ten values of the subset of the last filter.

In Excel, you can create three kinds of filters: by values, by a format, or by criteria. But each of these filter types is mutually exclusive. For example, you can filter by cell color or by a list of numbers, but not by both. You can filter by icon or by a custom filter, but not by both.

Filters hide extraneous data. In this manner, you can concentrate on just what you want to see. In contrast, when you sort data, the data is rearranged into some order. For more information about sorting, see Sort a list of data.

When you filter, consider the following guidelines:

  • Only the first 10,000 unique entries in a list appear in the filter window.

  • You can filter by more than one column. When you apply a filter to a column, the only filters available for other columns are the values visible in the currently filtered range.

  • You can apply filters to only one range of cells on a sheet at a time.

Note:  When you use Find to search filtered data, only the data that is displayed is searched; data that is not displayed is not searched. To search all the data, clear all filters.

See also

Sort a list of data

Highlight data points with conditional formatting

Highlight patterns and trends with conditional formatting

Use data bars, color scales, and icon sets to highlight data

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