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    Excel won't filter whole column.

    Hi!

    I have a question regarding filtering of columns, hopefully someone is able to put me on the right track. I have set up Excel 2007 so that I can click on the drop-down menu in each column to filter them.

    However, in my data set there is one blank row separating two set of rows. Now, when I apply the filter on a column, all the rows above the blank row filter correctly, but all the rows below stay un-filtered.

    I guess Excel only looks at the consequtive rows, then stops when it hits a blank row. Is there any way of applying the filter beyond a blank row (i.e. the whole column)?

    Any advice is higly appreciated.

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    Re: Excel won't filter whole column.

    Best advice is don't have blank rows in your data but if you select the whole data range including the data below the blank row before you activate auto filter it should work.

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    Re: Excel won't filter whole column.

    Thanks for the reply. However, manually marking the cells in that row does not make a difference. I can even select the whole column by clicking on the column letter, but it doesn't change. What I've done now is just put an "x" in the first column in the blank row. This way the filter works for the whole data set.

    but as you said, I'm probably better off without blank rows in my spreadsheet.

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    Re: Excel won't filter whole column.

    Seems to work okay for me unless something's changed in 2007.

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    Re: Excel won't filter whole column.

    Excel has always recognized a table as a set of data in rows and columns that are completely surrounded by blank cells.
    If you have a blank row of data, at least add a heading in the first column (or add a column to do so). THEN your filter or sorting tools will work.

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