After you have filtered or sorted data in a range of cells or table column, you can either reapply a filter or perform a sort operation to get up-to-date results, or you can clear a filter to redisplay all the data.
Note: When you sort, there is no way to clear the sort order and restore the order that was in place before. However, before you sort you can add a column to contain arbitrary values to preserve the initial sort order, for example, incrementing numbers. Then you can sort on that column to restore the original sort order.
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Learn more about reapplying a filter and sort
To determine if a filter is applied, note the icon in the column heading:
A drop-down arrow means that filtering is enabled but no filter is applied.
Tip: When you hover over the heading of a column with filtering enabled but not applied, a screen tip displays "(Showing All)."
A Filter button means that a filter is applied.
Tip: When you hover over the heading of a filtered column, a screen tip displays a description of the filter applied to that column, such as "Equals a red cell color" or "Larger than 150."
When you reapply a filter or sort operation, different results appear for the following reasons:
Data has been added to, modified, or deleted from the range of cells or table column.
The filter is a dynamic date and time filter, such as Today, This Week, or Year to Date.
Values returned by a formula have changed and the worksheet has been recalculated.
Note: When you use the Find dialog box to search filtered data, only the data that is displayed is searched; data that is not displayed is not searched. To search all the data, clear all filters.
Reapply a filter or sort
Note: For a table, filter and sort criteria are saved with the workbook so that you can reapply both the filter and sort each time that you open the workbook. However, for a range of cells, only filter criteria are saved with a workbook, not sort criteria. If you want to save sort criteria so that you can periodically reapply a sort when you open a workbook, it's a good idea to use a table. This is especially important for multicolumn sorts or for sorts that take a long time to create.
To reapply a filter or sort, on the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Sort & Filter, and then click Reapply.
Clear a filter for a column
To clear a filter for one column in a multicolumn range of cells or table, click the Filter button on the heading, and then click Clear Filter from <Column Name>.
Note: If no filter is currently applied, this command is unavailable.
Clear all filters in a worksheet and redisplay all rows
On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Sort & Filter, and then click Clear.