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Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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AutoFilter

are a number of AutoFilter differences between Excel and Calc:

  • There is only one AutoFilter active at a time, for a spreadsheet document, unless using database range names. The rows remain hidden but the drop-downs in the first row disappear on applying AutoFilter elsewhere. To have more than one AutoFilter active at the same time, define a database range name (Data > Define Range) for the data, then it is possible to have more than one AutoFilter active on the one sheet (which Excel can not do.)

  • The remaining visible row numbers do not change color to warn you that there is a filter in place.

  • Error values do not show as an option in the drop-down lists when cells in the column have errors.

  • In the drop-down lists, the equivalent to Excel’s “Custom” is called “Standard.”

  • The top 10 in the drop-down list is literal, but to get the same degree of control you can use Standard and specify “largest”, “largest%”, “smallest” or “smallest%” in the condition field.

  • Use regular expressions to specify criteria to select rows based upon the text in the cells. To do this:

    1. Choose “Standard” from the drop-down list.

    2. Click More so that the rest of the dialog is displayed.

    3. Check Regular expressions.

Table 3 has some examples to help an Excel user use regular expressions.

Table 3: Example regular expressions for AutoFilter

Excel custom command

Comparison Field

Equivalent Regular Expression

Begins with x

=

^x.*

Does not begin with x

<>

^x.*

Ends with x

=

.*x$

Does not end with x

<>

.*x$

Contains x

=

.*x.*

Does not contain x

<>

.*x.*

You are not limited to these regular expressions. They are included here to show how to achieve the same result for AutoFilter in Calc as can be achieved in Excel.

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