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Is there any way in excel to acheive the following, I am trying to filter a huge record set based on "does not contain" type text filters. However I have about 15 does not contain filters, yet when constructing your filter criteria it only seems to give you one "and/or" option. Any workaround?
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Hi,

You could use Advanced Criteria Filtering:

"Filter by using advanced criteria"
[ http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/excel-help/filter-by-using-advanced-criteria-HP005200178.aspx ]

Here you specify the fifteen items in row 2 to row 16 above the data to be filtered.  The first row must contain the same column heading of the data to be filtered.

You would then opt to use the "Advanced Filter" function, set the "Filter the list, in-place" Action, set the "List range" to be the original set of data (including the column heading), & the "Criteria range" to be the first sixteen rows in the same column as the data to be filtered.

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Does the above not "include" all results based on your range, as opposed to cutting them out the results?
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by:Rory Archibald
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It depends what you enter into the filter rows:

<>*text1*

would filter out items that contain "text1" somewhere in them, for example
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could anyone upload an example please as I am struggling with what you are recommending.
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If you want to AND multiple conditions (as you do here), you need to repeat the column header, so your criteria range would look like:

Field1          Field1         Field1
<>*test1*   <>*text2*  <>*text3*

Here's a file showing two ways - the one described, and a criteria formula approach.
Advanced-filter-exclusions.xlsx
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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You can also use one helper column and use a formula like

=or(NOT(ISERR(FIND("abc",A1))),NOT(ISERR(FIND("def",B1))),NOT(ISERR(FIND("ghi",C1))),....)

which covers all conditions and returns a true or false. You can then filter on this column.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Already covered by rorya so ignore mine.
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