When you’re working with mountains of Excel data, you rarely need all of it at once. Sooner or later, you’ll have to find a way to trim down the information staring you in the face. Whether you want to narrow down categories or compare specific sales, you’ll need to learn how to filter in Excel.
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Filtering is one of the easier tasks you can learn in Excel, and it can save you a surprising amount of time too. Check out some of the steps below to get started.
How to filter in Excel:
1. Click on any cell inside of a data set.
2. Head up to the Data tab and find the Sort and Filter group. Now click Filter. Now you should see arrows appear at the top of each column.
3. Select the arrow next to the title you want to filter. Once the menu opens up, click on Select All to clear the boxes and then click on one of the options. In our example, we chose the Country title then selected US.
4. Click OK and now you’ll only see the US sales numbers.
Using our example, you can go even further and filter the sales numbers by each quarter as well. Just follow the same steps as above. If you want to unfilter your cells, you can head back to the Data tab and find the Sort and Filter group. Now click clear and all of your data should return like the image below.
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