Are you familiar with large datasheets containing a vast amount of data? If so, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information. To regain overview and structure in your large datasheets, an Excel filter can be a handy solution. An Excel Filter can ensure that only relevant data is displayed, leaving out all irrelevant data. If you’d like more information about Filters in Excel, please read on.
How to use Excel Filter.
‘How to use Excel Filter?’ is a common question. In the remainder of this article, you’ll learn how Excel filters work and how you can use them to your advantage. The goal of an Excel filter is, of course, to display relevant data. There are multiple ways to use an Excel filter; let’s discuss the different options individually.
- Creating an Excel Table for Filtering:
You can turn your data into an Excel Table, and then you’ll have a filter option for each column. You can sort in alphabetical order (from A to Z), which can also be used to sort numbers from small to large.
You can also use specific text filters for each column. These filters allow you to filter by specific types of text with various options. You can also choose to include or exclude specific items from the column. For instance, if you want to see all data related to ‘Government,’ you can select only this category.
- Home -> Edit -> Sort & Filter
You can also filter a dataset using the ‘Sort & Filter’ button. To use this button, you first need to select the range of cells you want to filter. Here, too, you can sort from oldest to newest, A to Z, or from large to small. When you use the ‘Filter’ option, you get the same options as described for the table. Additionally, you can perform custom sorting.
With this option, you could first sort column A from A to Z, and then column B from large to small. This allows you to create a combined filtering option.
Filtering in Excel is often a matter of trial and error, exploring how to make the filter option work in your favor. With the above tips and tricks, filtering in Excel should definitely become easier.
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