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Excel filter option cannot be found


Working in a large data set in Excel but filter option cannot be seen or found even clicking the sort and filter option multiple times, the drop-down filtering options is nowhere to be found.

Well, just get back to the very basic steps. If it can’t be seen then it might be hidden, right?

So, when working in a large data set but some other rows is not needed and need to be hidden. Just leave the first row visible and do not hide it, then hide other rows.

The drop down filter option is in row 1, so if it is hidden then of course the drop down filter will also go with it.

To unhide row 1 or cell a1, press Ctrl + G. The go to options  window will pop-up, type: A1 to go to cell A1. (see pic below)



Then, press ctrl+shift+9 to unhide the row. Or click on the format menu options and select unhide. (see pic below for excel 2016). Then the filter option will be displayed.




The keyboard shortcut I think will work on other versions of Excel.

If you need the filter option in Excel, row 1 must never be hidden or else it might take a few minutes or hours to realize a silly mistake.



Till next time. Cheers~!


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