Is it possible, when exporting a Google Spreadsheet into a CSV, to apply this operation only to filtered set of rows?

I need to get in CSV exactly the rows which are visible on the sheet after a filter is applied to it.

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Apparently not. I've just wasted half an hour trying to figure out a way to save filtered data, to no avail. It always saves all rows, regardless of the filter selection.

  • Seems so. Google Docs are very clumsy in some obviuos use cases. – Stan Mar 26 '12 at 9:32
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    There is a way. Check out the answer from user29020. – two-bit-fool Feb 4 at 17:28

Old-school way:

  • select filtered set of rows
  • copy to clipboard
  • create new sheet
  • paste (or paste special -> paste values only)
  • download this new sheet as CSV
  • This indeed works for Copy and Paste. But somehow does not limit to only the filtered rows when using Cut and Paste. As a workaround one can Copy, Paste and then delete the values of the filtered rows. – Arjan Jan 9 '15 at 9:42

Create a new sheet (Sheet2) within the spreadsheet.

Set the A1 cell to be =filter(Sheet1!A:X, Sheet1!A:A>1). (See docs on the filter function.)

You should then be able to save or export Sheet2 as CSV with only the filtered values.

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    I joined this community specifically to upvote your answer. Thank you so much! – Siddharth Venu Jan 25 '18 at 19:39

The best way to do this is to just select the cells you want to save as CSV, paste it into notepad, then find/replace tab with a comma.


I've found that setting a filter in Google Spreadsheets, copying that filtered selection, and then pasting into Excel does only paste the filtered selection. When you try to paste into another Google Spreadsheet, you get all rows in the selection (regardless of filter).


Open a Gdocs spreadsheet, look at the menu item: 'Tools::Script Gallery', do a search for csv, and you'll find a script that takes an arbitrary named range, converts it to to csv and emails the result to you. I can't vouch for the script at all, but it seems to work.

If you look at it in the Gdocs Script Editor, you can see that it builds a CSV by actually parsing the spreadsheet data rather than using an internal export function, so it may not work perfectly for all cases. If it doesn't do what you want out of the box, it looks like this would be pretty easy to modify. I haven't tried it on filtered data, but it gets its data from a call to 'SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet()' which has a '.getActiveSelection()' method, so you might be able to bypass the whole named range thing.


You can make a Pivot table for that, inserting the desired filter. Then just export it as CSV.

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