## Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Question:

( by Ivar Gosman )

Hi,

hopefully you can help me out on the following. I'm filtering out info (skipping blank cells) with the filter function in the following way:

=filter(Sheet3!A2:H20;Sheet3!Q2:Q20<>"")
This gives me the contents of field A2/H20 if any value is inserted in the corresponding Q cell. I would like to add column Q2:Q20 itself to the source array while skipping columns i till P. Kind of like this (but it doesnt work): =filter(Sheet3!A2:H20 + Q2:Q20;Sheet3!Q2:Q20<>"")

Right now I do this by adding the extra formula =filter(Sheet3!Q2:Q20;Sheet3!Q2:Q20<>"") in the column behind the first formula. Same result but not as nice and bulletproof as a combined formula.
In other words, i'm asking how to specifically define the source array with two fields of cells.

Solution:

Suppose we have the following data in our 'Sheet3' of the spreadsheet.

Now to get the data as per your requirement you need to use Query function instead of a Filter function.

Put the following formula in some other sheet of the same spreadsheet:

=query(Sheet3!A2:Q20;"select A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,Q where Q<>'' ")

So, you can see the output in the above Sheet, we are fetching data from Column A to Column I and then from Column Q.

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#### 1 comment:

1. Hi!

Good example, but can you give string for query where I want filter all blank cells on Q