Auto Filter in Microsoft® Excel 2003
What are the reasons due to which auto filter locks up in Microsoft Excel 2003? What are the tips to resolve the problem?
Microsoft Excel 2003 is one of the most widely used spreadsheet programs currently in the market. This spreadsheet program is successful for both home and business environments. The most important feature of the Microsoft Excel 2003 is its auto filter ability that makes it easy to filter and sort data in different ways. The Microsoft Excel 2003 can be used both as database and spreadsheet program. It enables the users to enter the raw data to the spreadsheet and to retrieve the particular data they want by using the filter option. This auto filter allows people without technical knowledge to retrieve data. The creation of auto filter is the best way to access data from large spreadsheet. It can be done by just selecting filter option from data menu and the filters can be assigned there for the easy access of data from spreadsheet.
Following are the reasons due to which auto filter locks up and tips to solve them:
- Filter stops partway down the spreadsheet
- Custom filter fails to display spreadsheet rows
- Advanced filtering options
Filter stops partway down the spreadsheet
This is the most common issue related with the auto filter in Microsoft Excel 2003 in which the auto filter stops working part way down the spreadsheet that run properly in the top part of the spreadsheet. The main reason for this issue is the addition of more data after the initial activation of auto filter. This issue can be resolved by the removal and reactivation of the auto filter. It will make the newly added data in the spreadsheet to come under the auto filter.
Custom filter fails to display spreadsheet rows
It is the issue related with auto filter of Microsoft Excel 2003 in custom option. This occurs if the condition that you specify fails to work under custom option. The reason for the issue may be the use of text condition on numerical values or the use of numerical condition on text values. This issue can be solved by changing the column data to the type that relates to the condition you wish to apply.
Microsoft Excel 2003 has the advanced filtering option that can be used under the failure of auto filter. It can be used to eliminate duplicate rows, select a range to the filter, and copy the results of the filter to another location. The advanced filter option can be opened easily from the filter menu in data menu. Four options are there in the advanced filter settings. They are the filter in place option, copy to another location option, unique records only option, and there is also an option that allows users to select portions of the spreadsheet to be sorted and filtered.
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