How to solve when filter function does not work properly in MS Excel?

One of the most common problem with filter function is that it stops working beyond a blank row. Filter will not include cells beyond the first blank. 

To avoid this issue, select the range before applying the filter function. Please refer to the following excel spreadsheet for example.

1. Before applying filter on column C, either select the entire column C or the data that needs to be filtered.

2. Select Filter option under Data tab. Now all items appear in the filtered list as well as filter checkbox list.

Similarly you may select multiple columns or a range of cells before applying the filter.

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One Reply to “How to solve when filter function does not work properly in MS Excel?”

  1. “…select the entire column C or the data that needs to be filtered.”
    “Similarly you may select multiple columns or a range of cells before applying the filter.”

    Or, much safer and simpler, just select any one of the header cells, _then_ apply the filter.
    All the data in the range will be selected as long as there are no completely empty rows or columns; if there are, that is bad data management practice!

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