Horizontal filtering in Excel

Hello,

Is there any way to filter columns (i.e. filter horizontally) in Excel (2010)?

The only way I can think of to do that would be to:

1) select all columns in the desired range
2) hide all selected columns
3) select the row to be filtered
4) open the Find box (Ctrl+F)
5) enter the value to be filtered
6) click Find All
7) select all (Ctrl+A)
8) unhide selected cells (columns)

Even going through all those steps, it would only be useful for viewing since many of the advantages of regular vertical filtering relate to the hidden rows being unaffected by various actions such as pasting, etc. Taking the steps I listed above would not prevent the hidden columns from being affected in whatever way the unhidden columns are affected by various actions.

If there is a way to create a horizontal filter with the same characteristics as the typical vertical filter, I would be very happy to hear about it.

Thanks
Steve_BradyAsked:
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Interestingly, I have noticed that columns which happen to be hidden at the time a typical filter is applied, remain unaffected in the same way the rows hidden due to the filtering are unaffected.  

For example, suppose you have a spreadsheet in which data is present in the first six columns and first six rows (A1:F6) as shown here (Fig. 1): Fig. 1
Next, suppose you hide columns B & E (Fig. 2) then hide a couple of rows by filtering (Fig. 3).
Fig. 2Fig. 3
Finally, say that you paste some new value into the entire range (Fig. 4). Fig. 4
Upon removing the filter and expanding the columns, not only are the hidden rows found to be unaffected by the paste, but the hidden columns as well Fig. 5
If a horizontal filtering capability does not already exist, I wonder if there is some way to use the above in creating a workaround.
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aikimarkCommented:
Please post some example filtering columnar criteria you had in mind.
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Arno KosterCommented:
you could try this approach
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