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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Copying the Results of Filtering.
If you use the advanced filtering capabilities of Excel, you are not limited to filtering "in place." You can also do the equivalent of a database extraction, which is a two-step process. First, the list is filtered, and then the records that match your criteria are copied to a different area of the worksheet.
To instruct Excel to copy the results of a filtering, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Advanced Filter dialog box.
When you specify a destination for the copy (step 5), you have three options. First, if you specify a single cell as the destination, then Excel copies the results of the filtering, regardless of the number of records extracted. If you are working with a large list and the results of the filtering might be many, many rows, however, you might not want to do this. In this case, make the destination a row selection. Excel will then only copy that many rows. Thus, if the result of the filtering was 47 records, and your destination was a selection of 12 rows, only the first 12 records are copied. The final option is to select a range of cells. This limits the copy to the number or rows and columns specified by the range.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2859) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Copying the Results of Filtering.
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