Best Way for Multiple Criteria to Show From a Filter



Hi all,

I would like to select multiple results within a filter within a spreadsheet
with multiple columns.

There are three ways that I know of the create a custom filter:

I can use the AutoFilter option and use the dropdowns to filter out one item
at a time. – too few.

I also can create a Pivot Table, pull all the columns over, and then use the
drop downs to choose multiple results. A lot of work, as I am creating the
pivot table just so I can select choose multiple dropdown options.

I can create a custom filter, and select at most 2 results using the And/Or
command, but no more.

Does anyone know if there is there a way to filter out more than 2 options,
and not have to go to the trouble to create a pivot table?


Eric in FL



Bob Phillips

Add a helper column with a conditional formula that returns TRUE for rows
that meet those 2 criteria, and filter on that column.



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Gary''s Student

I use a helper column.

Say column A has a long list of animals and we want the filter to display
all rows with either dog, cat, or bird.

In the helper column, say Z2, enter:

=IF(OR(A2="dog",A2="cat",A2="bird"),1,0) and copy down

By applying AutoFilter to column Z you can select all rows meeting the "OR"




This is good. Is there a way to create a combo box or something like that?
This is for my boss here at work, and he wanted something simple to use.

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