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How to filter cells with question mark in Excel?

Normally, the question mark “?” always be used as a wildcard for single character in Excel. And here, I have a list of text values which contain the question marks in cells, now I need to filter the cells which include the question marks as following screenshots shown.

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Unfortunately, if I apply the Filter feature in Excel directly, I will not get the correct result. Is there any good trick for us to deal with this problem?

Filter cells with question mark in Excel

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arrow blue right bubble Filter cells with question mark in Excel


Here is a little trick for you to filter the cells which contain the question marks, please do as follows:

1. Select your data column that you want to filter.

2. Then click Data > Filter, and a doc-button-1 button will appear at the right bottom of the first cell, click it, and choose Text Filters > Contains, see screenshot:

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3. Then, in the Custom AutoFilter dialog box, please enter ~? into the text box besides Contains box, see screenshot:

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Note: the ~ symbol is above the Tab key on your keyboard.

4. And then click OK, only the cells which contain the question marks have been filtered out.


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