Use of Advanced Filter in Excel 2003

I have a list of records that contain a large number of columns.  One of the columns is the approval date, the other is name.  I want to use advanced filter to show the records that have an approval date later than January 1, 2002.  What formula would I type in the criteria Approval Date.

Also, can i use wild caracters to enter a formula to search all names that have E in the second position?

Thank you for the help

boulboulAsked:
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DrunkenELFConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Dear Boul,

Apologies for the confusion. there is no format issue in ur file. hence if u use a simple formula mentioned below in C2 should be fine

Formula in C2 =">1/1/2002"

In Advanced Filter
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List Range = $A$4:$C$24
Criteria Range = $A$1:$C$2


Plz.. find attached revised file. and hope the previous file also will be useful in the future when u face some date format issues.

Lemme know incase if u need any further clarifications.

Cheers,
D-ELF
Advanced-Filter-Rev.xls
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DrunkenELFCommented:
Probably need to format the "X1" [assuming the criteria Cell) reference to be a date - at the mo, it is probably being viewed as the date serial number. Try:

="<=" & text(X1,"dd/mm/yyyy")

where dd/mm/yyyy is the format your dates are held in

2)
The question mark (?) wildcard character represents one characters in that position.


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WJReidCommented:
Hi,
Look at the attached. It uses B1:C2 as the criteria. You can change the date in B1 or the letter in C1 and then click the Filter button
FilterDate.xls
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WJReidCommented:
Hi,
Sorry, it uses B2:C3 as the criteria. Change the Date in B2 or the letter for the second letter in the name in C2. It will give dates > the entered date and names with the second letter as in C2.
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DrunkenELFCommented:
were u lookin 4 a macro.. boulboul.. .. eh?
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WJReidCommented:
Hi,
There is no need to use the macro DrunkenELF, I thought it would be easier that's all. It will work using the Menu for Advanced Filter.

Bill
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WJReidCommented:
Hi Boulboul,

If you want to filter for the third letter being 'a', then simply change the formula in C3 to Mid(C10,3,1), changing the 2 after the first comma to a 3, it's as simple as that. If you only want to filter for the letter and not the date, change the criteria to C2:C3 in my example. You can even filter for 2 or more letters that are together e.g. 'be' by changing the formula in Cell C3 to Mid(C10,3,2), This will look at the Names in column C and filter out any with b as the 3rd letter and e as the 4th letter, the formula Mid(C10,3,2) means look at Cell C10, start at letter 3 and find the next two letters from there.
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boulboulAuthor Commented:
DrunkenELF,

I am still not sure how to use the formula you provided.   Attached is a workbook showing an example of the data I am using.  What would be the formula to enter in Cell C2 so I can only show the Projects who have a date of approval after Jan 1, 2002.

Thank you
Book1.xls
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DrunkenELFCommented:
Dear Boul,

I have already created the advanced filter in the attached  file.

List Range = $A$4:$C$24
Criteria Range = $A$1:$C$2
Advanced-Filter.xls
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boulboulAuthor Commented:
Thank you.. It works, How about the second half of the question?  For example, if I want to filter the projects that have letter "a" in the third position, what should I enter in A2?
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WJReidCommented:
Hi,

In case you are interested in using code to do the filtering, you can use the Worksheet_Change() event. I have attached your file with the code input. I have added a letter position cell in D3, where you can change the position of the letter and if you enter the desired letter in cell B3, the database will filter, you can then add a date in cell C3 and the database will again filter. As you delete the criteria, the database will filter on the decreasing criteria.
It is an automatic filter as soon as you change the criteria and you can filter for any letter in any position
I have hidden Row 2 which contains the criteria, as you won't need to touch this row.
FilterDate.xls
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DrunkenELFConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Dear Boul,

Please use the below formula in cell "A2"

="=??a*"

C attached file.

Cheers,
D-ELF
Advanced-Filter-Rev-1-.xls
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DrunkenELFCommented:
Dear Boul,

Did u try it ..... eh?

Cheers!

D-ELF
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boulboulAuthor Commented:
Hi D-ELF,

Just tried the text criteria today.. It works perfectly...

Yes, I realized that i don't need the TEXT function in the formula for the date criteria and that =">1/1/2002" works.

Full points awarded.

Thank you.
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