Table Slicers In Excel

Slicers are a more visual way to filter the data in an Excel table

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Slicers are an option in Excel that allows you to filter the data in a table more visually and easier. Click anywhere in your table, and on the contextual Design tab that appears, select Insert Slicer:


A dialog box will appear with a list of each of the headers in your table. You can now check to select which you want to filter by. Here I’ve chosen Salesman, Model, Region, and New/Used:


These four slicers now appear in my worksheet:


And I can size them and rearrange them any way I’d like:


Now, by clicking on any of the fields within each slicer, I can filter the data for that column and visually see what is filtered in each. By holding down the Ctrl key I can select multiple items within a slicer:


Clicking on the red “X” in the upper right corner will remove that filter from the table:


You can right click on any slicer to remove it, or modify some of the settings:


Slicers can be a very valuable tool in Excel. Try them, play around with the options. Note that if you reduce the height of a slicer to be shorter than the list of options, a scroll bar will automatically appear to allow access to all the items in the list.

Happy Excelling!

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5 Responses to Table Slicers In Excel

  1. Oz December 11, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Tables with slicers are an EXCELLENT feature.
    Something to add: This is a reason to upgrade to Excel 2013.

    This isn’t on Excel for Mac or Excel 2010. It’s so sad to show this to people who don’t have it. 🙁

  2. Eddie December 11, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Can you use this in excel 2010?

    • Michael Rempel December 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      Eddie, Excel added slicers to PIVOT tables in 2010, but the slicers for regular tables only in 2013.


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