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Filter data in a spreadsheet

If you're working on a spreadsheet in Sheets with other people, you can create a filter view that only changes your view of the data. Or you can create filters that your collaborators can use, as well.

You can save and name multiple filter views for quick access and sorting later. You can also share the views so people immediately see the most relevant information.

  • Share different filter view links with different people, so each person sees the most relevant information.
  • Save and name multiple filter views for quick access and sorting later.
  • Make a copy or create another view with similar rules.
  • Don’t have edit access to a spreadsheet and still want to filter or sort? Create a temporary filter view.
Learn how

Create a filter view only you can see

On a computer, you can filter data so the filtered data only applies to your view of the spreadsheet. Your filter view changes are automatically saved.

  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Click Data and then Filter views and then Create new filter view.
  3. Sort and filter the data.
  4. To save your filter view, at the top right, click Save View.
  5. Click Save.

Create a filter collaborators can see

Important: When you add a filter, anyone with access to your spreadsheet will see the filter too. Anyone with permission to edit your spreadsheet will be able to change the filter.

  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. To create a filter, select an option:
    • Select a range of cells, then click Data and then Create a filter
    • Right click on a cell or a range of cells, then click Create a filter.
  3. To see filter options, go to the top of the range and click Filter Filter list.
    • Filter by condition: Choose conditions or write your own custom formulas.

      Custom formula examples

      Find unique values within a data range
      • Select Custom formula is
      • Type =COUNTIF(data_range, data_range)=1
      Find text matching “Good” or “Great” within a data range
      • Select Custom formula is
      • Type =OR(REGEXMATCH(data_range, "Good"), REGEXMATCH(data_range, "Great"))
    • Filter by values: To hide data points, uncheck the box next to the data point and click OK.
      • To create a filter and filter by cell value, right click on a cell then click Filter by cell value.
    • Search: Search for data points by typing in the search box.
    • Filter by color: Choose which text or fill color to filter by. You can filter by conditional formatting colors, but not alternating colors.
  4. To remove the filter, select an option:
    • Click Data and then Remove filter.
    • Right click on any cell then click Remove filter.

Once filtered, at the bottom right users can see the number of rows being displayed out of the total rows in the table.

Learn more at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

Convert data to tables

In Google Sheets, tables can simplify data creation and reduce the need to repeatedly format, input, and update data by automatically applying format and structure to ranges of data.

Tables are well suited to track and organize information like:

  • Project tracking
  • Event planning
  • Inventory management

There are 2 main parts of a table:

  • For each column, you can set the appropriate column type. Your table ensures all data you enter aligns.
  • You have access to a unified menu. You can manage table-level settings from the menu and perform actions like create a filter view for your table.
Learn how

Convert existing data to a table

  1. On your computer, open a Sheet.
  2. Select a range of cells, either empty or with data.
  3. On the Menu Bar, click Formatand thenConvert to table.
  4. Select the appropriate column type for each column.

Use tables views

With views, you can find the data you care about without impacting what others see on the sheet. You can use views to show or hide specific rows and apply other configurations to manage how to visualize data.

Each view can have its own unique configurations to filter and sort.

  • To create new views, click Table menu , and then select one of the following:
    • Create group by view
      • This allows you to see rows grouped together based on the field of your choice.
    • Create filter view

Note: Temporary views disappear after spreadsheet refreshes.

  • To apply existing views, click Table menu   and then existing view name.

Learn more at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

 

Summarize data with pivot tables

Pivot tables in Sheets help you summarize data, find patterns, and reorganize information. You can add pivot tables based on suggestions in Google Sheets or create them manually. After you create a pivot table, you can add and move data, add a filter, drill down to see details about a calculation, group data, and more.

  • Summarize thousands of rows of data, such as sales each year segmented by region.
  • Drill down to analyze a region. Use a pivot table to see the total of each region’s sales. Then, get a breakdown of individuals and their sales for that region.
  • Try it now: Pivot tables template
Learn how
  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Select the cells with source data you want to use. Important: Each column needs a header.
  3. In the menu at the top, click Insert and then Pivot table. Click the pivot table sheet, if it’s not already open.
  4. In the side panel, next to "Rows" or "Columns," click Add, then choose a value.
    • Sometimes, you'll see recommended pivot tables based on the data you choose. To add a pivot table, under "Suggested," choose a pivot table.
    • High confidence pivot table suggestions will be automatically inserted upon pivot table creation.
    • To turn off pivot table suggestions:
      1. At the top, click Tools and then Suggestion controls.
      2. Turn off Enable Pivot table suggestions.
  5. In the side panel, next to "Values," click Add, then choose the value you want to see over your rows or columns.
  6. You can change how your data is listed, sorted, summarized, or filtered. Next to what you want to change, click the Down Arrow Down arrow.

Learn more at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

 

Visualize data with charts

Summarize data in your spreadsheet with a chart.

  • Make your data visual so that others can understand it quickly.
  • Create charts based on your data that you can use in reports and presentations.

Learn how

Create a chart

  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Select the cells you want to include in your chart.
  3. Click Insert and then Chart.

Learn more at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

Insert a chart in your presentation

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Google Slides.
  2. Click Insert and then Chart and then From Sheets.
  3. Click the spreadsheet with the chart you want to add, then click Select.
  4. Click the chart you want to add.
    • If you don't want the chart linked to the spreadsheet, uncheck "Link to spreadsheet."
  5. Click Import.

Learn more at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

 

Navigate data with links

Make it easy to navigate your data In Sheets by adding links. Clicking the link can go straight to a specific range of cells. For example, you could link a sales table summary to the relevant financial data you want to highlight.

Learn how

Link to a range of cells

  1. Open a Google Sheet.
  2. Click the cell you want to link.
  3. Click Insert and then Link and then Select a range of cells to link Grid
  4. Select the range of cells you want to link to.
  5. Click Ok and then Apply.

Learn more at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

 

Search large datasets with QUERY

When you have large amounts of data in your spreadsheet, it can be tricky to find what you’re looking for. Filter, sort, add, and verify values in your data with the QUERY function in Sheets.

Learn how
  1. In Sheets, open a spreadsheet.
  2. In an empty cell, type =QUERY.
  3. In parenthesis, add the following specifications separated by a comma:
    • Cell range, separated by a colon, to perform the query on.
    • Specific query to perform (using Google Visualization API Query Language).
    • (Optional) Type a digit for the number of header rows at the top of the data.
  4. Press Enter.

 

Make quick calculations with formulas

Want to find the average, maximum, or minimum values in a dataset? Use a function in Sheets to instantly calculate these values. For financial analysis, keep track of specific stock prices and see their changes. Or, predict future stock trends using the GOOGLEFINANCE function.

Learn how at the Google Docs Editors Help Center

 

Freeze headings when scrolling

Working on a detailed project plan with your team, or entering a large amount of data for your accounts? Keep your column headings fixed in Sheets, so you always know what data you’re viewing.

Learn how: Get started with Sheets for Google Workspace

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