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Filter in MS Excel

How to filter data from a worksheet

Now we will see that we can filter data from a worksheet in MS Excel.

The first thing which we need to check when we want to filter any data is that no row should be empty.

Now we will go to our DATA tab and select 'Filter' option, which will bring a dropdown option beside every column, and hence we can select any column which we want to filter and inside it select data according to our requirement.

After doing this it will show us only the filtered data which we selected.

We can also filter our data by providing certain conditions by using 'filter option' option. In that we can limit or set our data as our requirement.


In Excel, the FILTER function is used to filter a set of data based on the criteria you define. The function belongs to the Dynamic Arrays category of functions. The output is an array of values that spills into a range of cells automatically, beginning with the cell where you enter a formula.

Filters are used to extract information from a large data set. They are usually used when it is too time-consuming to manually search through the entire dataset. Filters in Excel can be applied to columns or rows. Filtering columns will only show the data that meets the filter criteria in that column, while filtering rows will only show the data that meets the filter criteria in that row.

Setting up a filter in MS Excel is not hard at all. It can be done by following these simple steps:

  • Select the cells that you want to filter on.
  • Go to Data > Filter > Filter.
  • Select the fields you want to filter on, and then click OK.

There are four types of filters:

  • AutoFilter
  • Quick Filters
  • Custom Filters
  • Top 10 Filters

  • A filter is a powerful tool that allows you to remove data from your dashboard that matches specific criteria.
  • You can use it to remove data from a column, row or entire dashboard.
  • For example, if you want to remove all the rows where the sales amount is less than $10,000, then you would select the column and enter $10000 in the filter field.

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