Filter your data in Excel

One of the most useful tool you have in Excel it's the filter.

You know that the filter is ON when you see arrows on the header of your table.

Filter ON

The filter is ON with the arrow in the header of the table

Activate the Filter

1. Select one of the cells of your table

2. Activate the filter in the ribbon Data > Filter


3. Now, you see arrows in the header of your table

Display only few rows

With the filter, you can easily reduce the number of rows visible by selecting only one criteria

Select one criteria

For instance, if you want to select only the rows for the beverages

  1. Click on the arrow where there is your criteria (here the column Category)
  2. Unchecked all the items (Select All)
  3. Select only the item you want (here Beverages)


Then, only the row with this criteria is visible but the other rows are not deleted.


Rows are not deleted

When you activate the filter, you hide the rows not equal to your criteria.

As you can see, only the numbers of the rows with your criteria are visible.

More, the color of rows number is blue. This means that a filter is active on your table.



Filter on many columns

You can select as many column as you want.

For instance, if you want to select the men, from Germany (DE) and Austria (AT) who have bought Grocery you have to do like this.

How many rows for your criteria

When you activate a filter, you can see how many rows have been selected by looking at the bottom left in the status bar

Remove the filter

There is many ways to remove the filter

Remove one filterYou can select all the columns one by one and for each column you remove the filter



You can also remove all the filters in one action with the option Clear in the ribbon




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