What is AutoFilter?
AutoFilter is an easy way to turn the values in Excel column into specific filters based on the cellcontents.
As example, by adding AutoFilter to the list above, I could filter the "Winery" column toonly display items from Beauregard. All the other wineries remain on the Excel list, but don’t display.
To turn on autofilter,
1. Click any cell within your range.2. From the
3. From the submenu, select
.Once you’ve enabled this feature, your columns display with a drop-down arrow to the right. If youclick the arrow control, you’ll see all the values for that particular column. To turn off the feature, youdeselect Autofilter from the same submenu. In the example above, I can see all the entries that show in the YEAR column. Various years areomitted such as 1998 since that value isn’t represented on the spreadsheet.What’s appealing about this filter feature is that
the displayed list is dynamic.
If I shift to the 1.5Lcolumn, you’ll see I have two more entries: (Blanks) and (NonBlanks). Excel includes these valuessince this column includes blank cells. You did not see that choice for “YEAR” since there were noblank cells. And since I haven’t added anything to this column, no other values show.
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