I use Excel tables in almost every file that I build, these days. They come with a default filter, and it’s easy to sort and filter the table’s data with those drop down lists.
Clear the Filters
When you want to see all the data again, it’s easy to clear one filter at a time, or you can go to the Data tab, and click the Clear button, to clear all the filters in the active table.
Make It Easier
If you don’t have time for extra clicks, when you’re clearing filters all day long, here is a quick way to clear them. Thanks to AlexJ, who shared this tip. You can find more of AlexJ’s Excel sample files on my Contextures site.
To make this a one-click process, you can add a Clear button to the Quick Access Toolbar (QT). Then, select a cell in a pivot table, or an Excel table, click the button, and all the filters are cleared.
It Works on Pivot Tables Too
To make this tip even more useful, it works on pivot tables too!
As you know, if you use the Ribbon commands to clear a pivot table’s filters, it takes several clicks. First, you go to the Analyze tab under PivotTable Tools, then click Actions, and then click Clear Filters.
But, if you add the Clear button to the QAT, you use it to clear the active pivot table too. Think of all the time that will save you!
Video: Quickly Clear Pivot Table Filters
Watch this short video to see the steps for setting up the button, and clearing the filters.
Or watch on YouTube: Quickly Clear Filters in Excel Tables and Pivot Tables