Filtering Web Discussions

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 26, 2017)

If you work in an active office and you are using the Web discussion capabilities available in Excel 2000, Excel 2002, and Excel 2003, you may notice that there could be many, many comments in a workbook discussion. You can filter comments to help make your review of information more manageable. For instance, you can specify that you only want to see comments created by a specific person, or that you want to only see comments that occurred within a particular timeframe. You can filter discussions in this manner:

  1. Click on the Discussions tool on the Discussions toolbar.
  2. Choose Filter Discussions on the resulting menu. Excel displays the Filter Discussions dialog box.
  3. Use the Created By drop-down list to select the name of the person whose comments you want to see.
  4. Use the Creation Time drop-down list to indicate the time range for the comments you want to see.
  5. Click on OK.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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