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Filter function and tables

Can you use the filter function in conjunction to creating a table?
I've filtered results from a separate workbook and want to put it in a table if possible so that an end point may be defined and that if the amount of values changes with the filter function the table would adjust to it. Is this possible?

RE: Filter function and tables

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for the forum question.

I you data come from an external Excel file the most efficient way of connecting is to use the Power Query tool as I demonstrated end of the course. You can then filter the data in the query editor and the query will create a dynamic table in the Excel file which will adjust if the amount of values change.

The filter function in Excel is an array formula and unfortunately it is not possible to use an array function inside the table tool and get the table adjusted.

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