## What is Advanced Filter in Excel?

Advanced filter is different from the auto filter in excel, this feature is not like a button which can be used on a single click of the mouse, to use an advanced filter first we have to define a criteria for the auto filter and then click on the Data tab and then in the advanced section for the advanced filter where we will fill our criteria for the data.

### How to Use Advanced Filter in Excel? (With Examples)

Let us learn the use of this by some examples.

#### Example #1

Suppose we have, following data to filter based on different criteria.

We need to check the sales transaction which was made by **‘Taran’** and **‘Suresh’,** then we can use the OR operator which displays the records satisfying any of the conditions. To get the results we can follow the steps to apply these filters in Excel.

**Step 1:**To apply an advanced filter, we need to first select any of the cells in the data range

**Step 2:**then click on**Data**tab->**Sort & Filter**group ->**Advanced**command

**Step 3:**As we click on**‘Advanced’**, a dialog box**‘Advanced Filter’**will open for asking**List Range**to filter,**Criteria Range**for defining the criteria and**Extract Range**for copying the filtered data (if desired).

**Step 4:**For Criteria, we need to copy the**column headings**on the top row and define the criteria below field heading. To specify the criteria, we can use the comparison operator, which are as follows:

**Step 5:**As we want to get all records having the name ‘Suresh’ or ‘Taran’. The Criteria Range would be like below:

For ‘OR’ conditions where we want to display the records which satisfy any of the condition then we need to specify the criteria in different rows.

There are two actions in an advanced filter.

**Filter the list, in place**: This option filters the list at the original place i.e. on list range itself and after analyzing, we can remove the filter using**‘Clear’**command in**‘Sort & Filter’**group under**‘Data’**

**Copy to another location**: This option copies the desired data according to the criteria to the specified range.

We can use any of the options according to our need but we will be using the 2^{nd} option more often.

Now we just need to

- Open the
**‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box

- Specifying the
**List Range**as $A$5:$D$26,**Criteria Range**as $A$1:$D$3 and ‘**Copy to’ Range**as $F$5:$I$26. Click on**‘OK’**.

We can see all the records having Name as **‘Suresh’** or **‘Taran’** are filtered out and displaying separately in a different cell range.

#### Example #2

Now we want to get all the sales transactions of Qtr 1 and South India. Criteria Range is as below:

As we have here ‘AND’ condition i.e., we want to display the records where both the conditions are met that is why we have mentioned the criteria below both column headings in the same row.

Now we will click on the** ‘Advanced’ **command in the** ‘Sort & Filter’ **group under the** ‘Data’ **tab.

From the ‘**Advanced Filter**‘ dialog box, we will choose **‘Copy to another location’** and then will define the **A5: D26** as **List Range**, **A1: D2** as **Criteria Range** and **F5: I26** as ‘**Copy To’** range.

Now the result is as follows:

#### Example #3

Now we want to find sales in Qtr 1 or made in North India.

We need to specify both the criteria in different rows and in different columns as we have to display the data if any of the conditions are met and both the conditions are related to different columns.

Steps:

- Need to open the
**‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box.

- Specify
**List Range**as**$A$5:$D$26**

- Specify
**Criteria Range**as**$A$1:$D$3**

- Specify
**‘Copy To’**range as**$F$5:$I$26**

The result would be as follows:

#### Example #4

Now we want to find all sales of Rs. 2000-4000 and Rs. 10000-13000.

As we have four conditions as (Condition 1 AND Condition 2) OR (Condition 3 AND Condition 4).

(>=2000 AND <=4000 ) OR (>=10000 AND <=13000 )

That is why we have mentioned the conditions with “**AND”** in the same row and Conditions with **“OR” **in different rows.

Steps:

- To open
**the ‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will click on**‘Advanced’**in**‘Sort & Filter’**group under**‘Data’**

- In the
**‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will specify **List Range**as**$A$5:$D$26**

**Criteria Range**as**$A$1:$D$3**

**‘Copy to’**Range as**$F$5:$I$26**

- After clicking on ‘OK’. The result will be:

#### Example #5

Now we want to find the sales of Qtr 1 by Sunny or that of Qtr 3 by Mukesh.

As we have **AND** and **OR**, both type of relations in conditions, that is why we will specify the conditions in the criteria range in different rows (OR) and different columns (AND).

**Steps:**

- To open
**the ‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will click on**‘Advanced’**in**‘Sort & Filter’**group under**‘Data’**

- In the
**‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will specify **List Range**as**$A$5:$D$26**

**Criteria Range**as**$A$1:$D$3**

**‘Copy to’**Range as**$F$5:$I$26**

- After clicking on OK, the result would be

#### Example #6 – Using WILDCARD Characters

Now we want to find all the sales transactions having a name ending with ‘esh’ or region’s first word ending with ‘st’ and want only to retrieve Name, Sales and Region only.

**Here * denotes more than one characters and **

**‘?’ denotes only one character.**

As we want only some columns not all, then we need to specify the column labels on **Copy to Range** before implementing the advanced filter.

Now we will call the command.

Steps:

- To open
**the ‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will click on**‘Advanced’**in**‘Sort & Filter’**group under**‘Data’**

- In the
**‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will specify **List Range**as**$A$5:$D$26**

**Criteria Range**as**$A$1:$D$3**

**‘Copy to’**Range as**$F$5:$H$26**

- After clicking on ‘
**OK’.**The Result would be:

#### Example #7

Now we want to filter top five sales (of a large amount).

The formula cell must evaluate to either **TRUE** or **FALSE**. As we want to get the largest 5 records that is why we have used **LARGE** Excel Function and compared the value with the **Sales Amount**.

As we can see, the column heading for the formula cell is blank. We can either keep it blank or give the name, which does not match, with any of the headings of the column in the data range.

Now we will specify the ranges in **‘Advanced Filter’** dialog box. Steps are:

- To open
**the ‘Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will click on**‘Advanced’**in**‘Sort & Filter’**group under**‘Data’**

- In the
**‘Excel Advanced Filter’**dialog box, we will specify **List Range**as**$A$5:$D$26**

**Criteria Range**as**$A$1:$E$2**

**‘Copy to’**Range as**$F$5:$I$26**

- After clicking on
**OK.**The result would be like this:

### Things to Remember

- The range to which it needs to be applied must have a unique heading as duplicate headings cause a problem when running an advanced filter.
- There should be at least one blank row between List Range and Criteria Range.

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