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Excel – Advanced filter with wildcards

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I am trying to filter (DATA > Advanced under “Sort & Filter) a range of fields based on a wildcard + text based on the info I’m finding here: https://www.contextures.com/xladvfilter01.html

But when I use the * wildcard, it is returning filtered results such as *string*, instead of *string. For instance, I am using *-1 to try and get any field in this column ending in “-1”, but I am receiving results such as 15-110 (with -1 in the middle).

Filtered output highlighted in red is unwanted

I don’t want the output highlighted in red to be included in the filtered results. Just the remaining 3 items.

How to&Answers:

Try the following as your criteria:


This would work because we can mix up a wildcard with these logical operators as described as below to check for an exact match:

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