Use AutoFilter to filter your data

Use AutoFilter to find values, show or hide values, in one or more columns of data. You can filter based on choices you make from a list, search to find the data that you want to see. When you filter data, entire rows are hidden if values in one or more columns don't meet the filtering criteria.

  1. Select the data you want to filter.

  2. Click Data > Filter.

Filter button

  1. Click the arrow Filter arrow in the column header and do one of the following:

  2. Select specific values: Check (Select All) to clear all of the check boxes, and then select only the values you want to see.

Filter by selecting items in a list

  • Search for values: In the Search box, type text or numbers you want to see.

Filter by searching

  1. Click OK to apply the filter

Tip:  If you want to apply a predefined or custom filter to your data, see Filter data in a range or table


Tips for widening your search

When you search for data, you can use ? to represent any single character or * to represent a series of characters.

For example, to find all of the items that relate to bikes, type “*bikes” in the Search box. The filter will show all of the items that include the word “bikes,” such as touring bikes, road bikes, and mountain bikes.

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