Filter Data in Excel Without the Filter "Arrow" Appearing in the Filtered Column - AutoFilter

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This Excel macro filters data in Excel without the filter "arrow" appearing in the column that is being filtered. This macro can be used to make a filtered data set appear more aesthetically pleasing ot to simply to try mask the fact that data has been filtered or make it harder for the user to re-filter the data in Excel.

However you want to use this macro, know that it might take some tinkering to get it to work just like you want it to work. This is because of the fact that by default the only column that wont have the filter arrow is the column that is being filtered. Also, to use the macro simply update the field number and replace "Enter Criteria Here" with your own criteria.

How Filter Macros Work

All of the elements below often appear within autofilter macros.

Range
    This should be the start of the data set, table, or list which you would like to filter. This can also be the entire range reference to the table. For example, if the table was from cell A1:D450, you could put that as the range or you could put A1 as the range. You can do this because the autofilter feature in Excel will automatically try to determine the total range which you would like to filter.
Field
    This is the number of the column within the data table that you would like to filter. The first field (1) is the very first column in the data set that will be filtered. This means that if your data starts in column B and your range is Range("B1") and you want to filter based on column D, you would put 3 in for the field.
Criteria
    This is the criteria by which you would like to filter. Some of the macros have symbols within the quotation marks after this argument and those symbols (such as <,>,*,?, etc.) should be left where they are in order to retain the functionality of the macro.
Operator
    You will not have to change this. This is simply the way to perform different types of filter features in Excel.

Where to install the macro:  Module

Excel Macro to Filter Data in Excel Without the Filter "Arrow" Appearing in the Filtered Column - AutoFilter

Sub AutoFilter_in_Excel_No_Arrow()
'This option is a bit finicky depending on how many of the fields you want the drop-down arrow to not be displayed over.
'By default, the visibledropdown option being set to false will only remove the drop-down arrow from the frield(s) being filtered.

Range("A1").AutoFilter Field:=1, Criteria1:="Enter Criteria Here", VisibleDropDown:=False

End Sub






How to Install the Macro
  1. Select and copy the text from within the grey box above.

  2. Open the Microsoft Excel file in which you would like the Macro to function.

  3. Press "Alt + F11" - This will open the Visual Basic Editor - Works for all Excel Versions.  Or For other ways to get there, Click Here.

  4. On the new window that opens up, go to the left side where the vertical pane is located. Locate your Excel file; it will be called VBAProject (YOUR FILE'S NAME HERE) and click this.

  5. If the Macro goes in a Module, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  6. If the Macro goes in the Workbook or ThisWorkbook, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  7. If the Macro goes in the Worksheet Code, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  8. Close the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor window and save the Excel file. When you close the Visual Basic Editor window, the regular Excel window will not close.

  9. You are now ready to run the macro.


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