How To Filter Google Sheets Only For Me

Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to filter Google Sheets only for yourself.

How To Filter Google Sheets Only For Me

When working with datasets in Google Sheets, you may want to filter the data to only show the rows that you are interested in. However, you may also want to create a filter without affecting how other users see the dataset.

One way to do this is to use Google Sheets’ filter view option. This will allow you to create a filtered view of the data that can be viewed separately from the original data.

The filter view is also helpful if you want to share your data with others, but you don’t want them to see all of the data. Users can easily create a filter view that shows only the data that you want to share or what is relevant to the user.

In this guide, we will show you how to filter Google Sheets for yourself using the filter view option.

How To Create a Filter View in Google Sheets

Here’s how to create a filter view in Google Sheets.

Step 1

We’ll explain how to create a filter view in Google Sheets so that you can use a filter on a range without changing the underlying data for other users.

First, select the range you want to add a filter to.

In this example, we want to add a filter to an employee dataset with six columns. This will be useful for a member in a team with a particular role that may want to filter out unneeded data.

Step 2

In the Data menu, select the option Filter views > Create new filter view.

Step 3

You should now be presented with a slightly different view of the current sheet. The black headers indicate that you are now viewing a filter view.

In a filter view, each column header will automatically be given a filter icon.

It is recommended to give a descriptive name for each filter view you make.

Step 4

Use the filter options in each column to create your desired filter view.

Step 5

Click on the Exit icon on the upper-right hand side to leave the current filter view.

Step 6

You will notice that any edits made in the filter view does not modify the original data view seen by other users.

Step 7

If you want to access a filter view, simply click on the Filter icon in the toolbar to reveal a list of available filter views.

Click on your desired filter view option to open it. Other users will also be able to access the filter view if they have permission to view the current spreadsheet.


This guide should be everything you need to filter Google Sheets only for the current user.

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