How to remove individual AutoFilter drop-down lists in Excel for Mac

This article was previously published under Q204061
In Microsoft Excel for Mac, you can programmatically hide an AutoFilter drop-down list for a specific field in a list by using a new argument for the AutoFilter method in Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications.

This article includes a sample Visual Basic macro that hides drop-downlists in a list to which you applied an AutoFilter.

NOTE: The only way to hide individual drop-down lists in a list to which you applied an AutoFilter is to use the AutoFilter method in a macro; you cannot hide the drop-down list manually.
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Syntax for the AutoFilter Method

Use the following syntax for the AutoFilter method:
expression.AutoFilter(Field, Criteria1, Operator, Criteria2, Visibledropdown)
where expression is an expression that returns a Range object.Expression is required for the AutoFilter method. The following table lists the optional arguments for the AutoFilter method and the descriptions for the arguments.
   Argument         Description   ----------------------------------------------------------------------   Field            The integer offset of the field on which you want to                    filter the list (the first field in your list has a                    value of 1)   Criteria1        The criteria for filtering the specified field   Operator         Used to construct compound criteria   Criteria2        Used in conjunction with Criteria1 and Operator to                    build compound criteria   Visibledropdown  True or False; false hides the drop-down list for the                    specified field				

Sample Macro

  1. Save and close any open workbooks, and then create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, type the following data in Sheet1:
         A1: Name   B1: Area   C1: Amount     A2: Bob    B2: East   C2: 1     A3: Sue    B3: West   C3: 2     A4: Bill   B4: East   C4: 3     A5: Mary   B5: South  C5: 4					
  3. Start the Visual Basic Editor (press OPTION+F11).
  4. On the Insert menu, click Module.
  5. In the module, type the following code:
    Sub Hide_Dropdown()    'Apply an AutoFilter to the list and hide the drop-down list    'for the second field.    Range("A1").AutoFilter field:=2, Criteria1:="East", _        Visibledropdown:=FalseEnd Sub					
  6. Run the Hide_Dropdown macro.
  7. Switch to Microsoft Excel (press OPTION+F11).
The list in Sheet1 is filtered, and the visible cells are as follows:
   A1: Name   B1: Area   C1: Amount   A2: Bob    B2: East   C2: 1   A4: Bill   B4: East   C4: 3				
There is no drop-down list for the Area field.

NOTE: Because the AutoFilter method is a write-only method, you cannot programmatically determine which fields in the list have drop-down lists that are hidden or unhidden.
For more information about AutoFilter method, from the Visual Basic Editor, click theOffice Assistant, type autofilter, click Search, and then click to view "autofilter method."

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Article ID: 204061 - Last Review: 10/06/2011 04:31:00 - Revision: 5.0

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