How can I filter multiple words in a column? (for example, I want to filter the words golf and ski to show up in my filter)

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You may use an additional column to filter categories in place. Here's the formula to check if any text matches "golf" or "ski" :


It will give True if cell A2 contains any word "golf" or "ski". If you want to check more then two words, the easy way is to write them into a separate list, say K1:K3:


and then use this formula join("|", K1:K3) will give text "golf|sky|badminton", so final check formula is:

=REGEXMATCH(A2, join("|", K1:K3))

where K1:K3 is list with desired text to match.


You should move your 3 unique sport values to 3 additional columns: Ski Badminton Golf

where you could filter any sport with values: true/false select

Cell formula for the additional columns:


my example additional hidden columns


Second solution -

Additional one column with unique left-column value and filter by search

I've publish my google sheet for details here

inline filter

  • But i have over 12 sports and another 15 different stuff to add to the category part. They should all be in the same column because they are a column. And the sports as well. – Florina Adriana May 15 '16 at 14:38
  • So either hidden additional column groups or transpon to additional table pp.vk.me/c631427/v631427840/2d574/tmtZKJW_dn0.jpg – Dek4nice May 15 '16 at 15:23
  • I've found another way. And I think this is the smallest workaround. (upd) – Dek4nice May 15 '16 at 16:07

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