Auto filter

I have 3 columns in excel. I want to apply filter on column 1 but have the flexibility to filter column 2 independently or not filter it at all. Right now when I apply filter it goes to the column 2 as well. for example if I select a value in column 1 through filter it shows in column 2 only those values that correspond to the values selected in column 1

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RayData AnalystCommented:
Assuming your data is in rows on purpose because they are related (IE, first name, last name, zip code), then why would you ever want it to do what I THINK you're asking. The premise of excel and filters is that data in rows belong together.  So you either want to see the 'row/entry' in it's entirety or not at all.

The answer to your question is that filtering will hide/show only the entire rows based on the filter criteria.  There is no way around that.

Perhaps more information on your ultimate goal might help provide a response to meet you needs?

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camper12Author Commented:
Thanks Ray. The columns are not related. If I select value A in column 1 then for any value in column 2 it should return something. basically an OR between the two columns.
RayData AnalystCommented:
Can you post an example file please?
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camper12Author Commented:
A      B            A      B      C
HJ      4            HJ      6      TRUE
JK      3                        
MN      7                        

A and B are my two columns based on which C is determined. I want the user to select multiple values under A using the filter. The user can also select multiple values from B using the filter. I want to then populate under A B and C the values that user selected. C will have something like this:=OR(D2:D10="HJ",E2:E10=4)

camper12Author Commented:
I think I should make a dropdown that helps user select multiple values. Then access these selected values and find C.
Roy CoxGroup Finance ManagerCommented:
To filter the Columns independently you can add a empty column between each column
RayData AnalystCommented:
Roy, if you filter a column (at least in Excel 2013) it filters the entire row regardless if you have an empty column (or columns) or not.  If there is some setting where you can change this behavior, then that information would be helpful (but it is not the default setup).

Camper, I'm sorry but I'm still not following what you're trying to accomplish.
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