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How to filter all related data from merged cells in Excel?

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Supposing there is a column of merged cells in your data range, and now, you need to filter this column with merged cells to show all the rows which are related with each merged cell as following screenshots shown. In excel, the Filter feature allows you to filter only the first item which associated with the merged cells, in this article, I will talk about how to filter all related data from merged cells in Excel?

Filter all related data from merged cells in Excel

Filter all related data from merged cells in Excel with Kutools for Excel


Filter all related data from specific merged cell:

Kutools for Excel’s Filter Merge Cells utility can help you to filter all relative cell values of specified merged cell as quickly as you can.

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Filter all related data from merged cells in Excel


To solve this job, you need to do following operations step by step.

1. Copy your merged cells data to other blank column in order to keep the original merged cell formatting.

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2. Select your original merged cell (A2:A15), and then click Home > Merged & Center to cancel the merged cells, see screenshots:

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3. Keep the selection status of A2: A15, and then go to Home tab, and click Find & Select > Go To Special, in the Go To Special dialog box, select Blanks option under Select section,see screenshot:

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4. All the blank cells have been selected, then type = and press Up arrow key on keyboard, and then press Ctrl + Enter keys to fill all the selected blank cells with the value above, see screenshot:

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Tips: If you have Kutools for Excel, with its Unmerge Cell utility, you can unmerge the merged cells and copy down the duplicate values at one click.
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5. Then you need to apply the formatting of your pasted merged cells in step 1, select the merged cells E2:E15, and click Home > Format Painter, see screenshot:

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6. And then drag the Format Painter to fill from A2 to A15 to apply the original merged formatting to this range.

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7. At last, you can apply the Filter function to filter the item that you want, please click Data > Filter, and choose your needed filter criteria, click OK to filter the merged cells with all their related data, see screenshot:

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Filter all related data from merged cells in Excel with Kutools for Excel

The above mehtod may be somewhat difficult for you, here, with Kutools for Excel's Filter Merge Cells feature, you can quickly filter all relative cells of the specific merged cell.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select the column that you want to filter the specific merged cell, and then click Kutools Plus > Special Filter > Special Filter, see screenshot:

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2. In the Special Filter dialog box, select Format option, then choose Merge Cells from the drop down list, and then enter the text value you want to filter, or click doc filter merged cell 2 button to select the cell value you need, see screenshot:

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3. Then click Ok button, and a promt box is popped out to remind you how many cells matched the criteria, see screenshot:

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4. And then click OK button, all relative cells of the  specific merged cell have been filter out as following screenshot shown:

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  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Kans · 3 months ago
    In the above example, if I filter as ORDER < 300 (column B), the border after each PRODUCT (column A) is lost.. How can it be achieved..?
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    Vish · 5 months ago
    Thanks a ton! This was exactly the issue that i had and was able to solve because of your explanation.
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    Tobi · 11 months ago
    What if your data has empty merged cells? Something like:

    |Column A | Column B|
    | Data 1 | bla |
    | | blubb |
    ------------------------------
    | Data 3 | bla bla |
    | | blubb blubb |
    ------------------------------
    | Data 5 | |
    | | |
    ------------------------------
    | Data 7 | bla blubb |


    How can you solve this?
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    krunal · 1 years ago
    thank you so much
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    Bingo · 1 years ago
    you're a hero