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How to copy rows if column contains specific text/value in Excel?

Supposing you want to find out cells containing specific text or value in a column, and then copy the entire row where the found cell is in, how could you deal with it? Here I will introduce a couple of methods to find if column contains specific text or value and then copy the entire row in Excel.

Copy rows if column contains specific text/value with Filter command in Excel

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Copy rows to new sheet if column contains specified text/value in Excel

Easily copy rows to new sheet if column contains specified value/text in Excel

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arrow blue right bubbleCopy rows if column contains specific text/value with Filter command in Excel

This method will guide you to find out cells which contain specific text or value in a specified column firstly with the Filter command, and then you can easily copy the filtered rows in Excel.

Step 1: Select the column which you will filter, and then click the Data > Filter.

Step 2: Click the arrow button at right side of first cell of selected column, and then click the Text Filters > Contains from the drop down list.

Step 3: In the popping up Custom AutoFilter dialog box, enter specific text or value into the box behind the contains box, and click the OK button. See screenshot above:

Step 4: Now select all filtered out rows, and copy them with pressing Ctrl + C keys simultaneously.

Step 5: Select a blank row or cell, and paste the filtered row with pressing Ctrl + V keys at the same time.


arrow blue right bubbleCopy rows if columns contains specific text/value with Kutools for Excel

Normally we can find cells containing specific text or value with Find command (Ctrl + F) easily, but it cannot select the entire row. However, Kutools for Excel's Select Special Cells feature can not only help us find out cells with specific text or value, but also select the whole rows that the found cells are in.

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Step 1: Select the columns where you will find out cells containing specific text or value.

Step 2: Click the Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells.

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Step 3: In the Select Specific Cells dialog box (see screenshot above),

(1) Check the Entire row option in the Selection type section;

(2) In the Specific type section, click the first box and select the Contains from the drop down list, then type specific text or value into the following box (see screen shot below);

(3) Click the Ok button.

Step 4: Then another Select Specific Cells dialog box comes out. Click the OK button to close it.

All cells containing specific text or value in the selected columns are found out, and all rows with the selected cells are selected at once.

Step 5: Press Ctrl + C keys in a meanwhile to copy these rows.

Step 6: Select a blank row or cell, and paste these rows with pressing Ctrl + V keys in a meantime.

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Kutools for Excel's Compare Ranges utility provides another workaround to copy rows if a column contains specific text/values of another column in Excel. Please do as follows:

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1. Click Kutools > Select > Select Same & Different Cells.

2. In the opening Select Same & Different Cells dialog box, please do as follows:

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(1) Specify the column you will check if contains specific text/value in the Find values in box;

(2) Specify the column contains the specific text/value in the According to box;

Note: Please check the My data has headers options based on your situation.

(3) Check the Same Values option in the Find section;

(4) Check the Select entire rows option.

(5) Click the Ok button to apply this utility.

3. Then another Compare Ranges dialog box comes out and shows how many rows have been selected. Please click the OK button to close it. See left screenshot:

4. And then copy these selected rows with pressing the Ctrl + C keys at the same time, and then paste in the destination range as you need.

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Kutools for Excel supports another workaround that copy entire rows to new worksheets if the specified column contains certain text/value by its Split Data utility. You can do as follows:

1. Select the range where you will copy rows to new sheets if column contains specified text/value, and click Enterprise > Split Data.

2. In the opening Split Data into Multiple Worksheets dialog box, please check the Specific column option and select the column name which you will copy rows based on from below drop down list; specify the rule of naming new sheets, and click the Ok button. See left screenshot:

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And then you will see the entire rows in the selected range have been copied into new worksheets if the specified column contains certain text/value. See screenshot:


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