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How to filter rows based on cell color in Google sheet?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2019-01-29

Normally, we can filter rows by a certain color in Excel quickly with the Filter feature, but, in Google sheet, the Filter function does not support this operation. This article, I will talk about how to filter rows by color in Google sheet.

Filter rows based on color in Google sheet


Filter rows based on color in Google sheet

Please apply the following steps to filter data based on color.

1. Click Tools > Script editor, see screenshot:

2. In the opened project window, please copy and paste the below script code to replace the original code in the code module, see screenshot:

function getHex(input) {
  return SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet().getRange(input).getBackgrounds();
}

3. And then save the code window, and a prompt box is popped out to remind you to give the project a name, see screenshot:

4. After saving the script code, go back the sheet, and enter this formula: =getHex("A2:A16") into a blank cell next to your data range, and then press Enter key, the color index of each row has been displayed in the helper column, see screenshot:

5. Then you just need to filter rows based on this helper column, please click the helper column header, and then click Data > Filter, see screenshot:

6. And then click the drop-down button in the helper column, in the expanded pane, choose and check the color index that you want to filter from the list box, see screenshot:

7. Click the OK button, the rows which filled with the specific cell color have been filtered as following screenshot shown:

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See also how-to-pass-a-range-into-a-custom-function-in-google-spreadsheets
https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/10629/how-to-pass-a-range-into-a-custom-function-in-google-spreadsheets

This then gives for example

=getHex(CELL("address",A1))
=getHex(CELL("address",A1)&":"&CELL("address",A2))

etc
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What if only certain cells in a row were colored? How can I use this method to notate which ROWS contain a particular color?
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It worked for me, but not for alle colors. I don't know why.
But anyway: Thank a lot!
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ty it works
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Thanks a lot! It helped.
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Superb! very useful! Thanks a million! Cheers!
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Thank you. Awesome
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there's a question that it kept showing "Range not found",how can i fix it
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Awesome job, it works exactly like the explanation.Thank you
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Great workaround! I tried repeatedly to highlight duplicates in an Excel spreadsheet then sort by cell color but since the file was so large (373K + rows) the sort would "hang", and never complete. I decided to try Google Sheets and although I could only format about 100K rows at a time (had to do a format 4x) your workaround worked perfectly. Plus, scrolling down the page with Google Sheets was infinitely faster than with Excel. Thanks for the great hack!
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