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12-Nov-2004, 01:25 PM #1
A simple excel search and display
This should be simple, I just cant figure it out. I have an excel document that needs to be searched via column 1. The result it finds needs to be displayed on its own.

Ctrl+F will find the item, but the powers that be want it displayed without the other records around it. Any idea on how to do this? Thanks.

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12-Nov-2004, 07:03 PM #2
To do this is to use Data, Filter, Auto Filter.

If you only want to search column1 (A), and assuming it has a header name, left click on the name and drag down so rows A1 and A2 are highlighted. Go to the above and click on Auto Filter; a box with an arrow will appear at the right of A1; click the box and if you see what you are looking for in the list just click it; otherwise select Custom, and in the right pane (on a level with Equals) type either the entire phrase you are looking for, OR if you only want to see one name (e.g. computer) amongst other variables type *computer*.

Click OK to see only the results for that phrase/name. To see everything again click the A1 arrow, press Home (or click All) and click OK.
While the results are being displayed you can press Ctrl+A to select them all and copy to a blank sheet.

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12-Nov-2004, 07:30 PM #3
Ah-ha! What a stroke of luck...i need to do this for a job at work too!

Thx for the suggestion!
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