Google Sheets Filter Not Working: How To Fix

Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to fix a filter in Google Sheets when it is not working.

Google Sheets Filter Not Working: How To Fix

The Google Sheets Filter feature is a powerful and effective tool that allows you to quickly and easily filter data in your spreadsheet. Despite this, there are a few possible reasons why the Filter function might not be working as expected.

One possibility is that the data you are trying to filter is not in the correct format. The Filter function only works with data that is in a certain format, such as a list or a table.

Another issue may be that the data you are trying to filter is not in the correct range. The Filter feature only works with data that is in a certain range of cells.

If you are having trouble with the Filter function, this guide will go over two simple methods to reset or refresh your Google Sheets filter for a specific range.

How to Fix Issues with the Filter in Google Sheets

Here’s how to fix issues with the filter tool in Google Sheets.

Step 1

First, we’ll select the range that is having an issue.

Step 2

Next, click on the Filter icon found in the toolbar. This will remove all filters in the selected range.

Step 3

Users will know that the filters are removed when the headers no longer have the filter icon.

Step 4

While the range is still selected, click on the Filter icon once more to re-apply the filter.

Step 5

Click on the filter icon on any of the affected columns to test out the filter.

Step 6

If the range is affected by the filter option changes, then you have successfully fixed the filter for the given range.

In the example above, we were able to successfully arrange our transactions by transaction amount.

Step 7

If you wish to simply update the values in a filter, you may perform a manual refresh.

Click on any of the filter icons and click on the OK button without changing any of the options.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to fix a filter in Google Sheets that is not working.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.