I can't find filter function in office 2019

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I can't find filter function in office 2019, I made updates and read about the inside office but it's not available.


Please advice?




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@heshamsheeha MS support pages indicate the following regarding FILTER:


Note: This function is currently available to Microsoft 365 subscribers in the Monthly channel. It will be available to Microsoft 365 subscribers in the Semi-Annual channel starting in July 2020. For more information on how features are rolled out to Microsoft 365 subscribers, see When do I get the newest features in for Microsoft 365.

@Riny_van_Eekelen as you are saying it's not available for Microsoft 2019

Microsoft Office 2019 the filter function is not available



The FILTER Function is one of the Six Dynamic Array functions functions and they are currently available to subscribers on the Insiders Fast and Microsoft 365 Monthly Channel E3/E5


Semi-Annual and Annual Channels to follow suit


Maybe Microsoft will include it in Office 2022


Dear the whole filter function is not appearing in the excel 2019@Abiola1 

is it available without subscribe







how to subscribe to Insiders Fast and Microsoft 365 Monthly Channel E3/E5 and i install already office 2019 @Abiola1 


The difference between 2019 and 365 is here What's the difference between Microsoft 365 and Office 2019? In particular, it says 2019 never will have new functionality.


How to upgrade it's better to ask your local reseller, afraid you shall just to purchase the subscription. Bit more is here How do I upgrade Office? 


Which version it's depends on how are you going to use Office. From dynamic array functionality point of view it's not necessary enterprise E3/E5, that could be Family or others, it's important to updater from semi-annual on current or beta channels. However, dynamic arrays will be on semi-annual as well in couple of months or so. Functionality for concrete subscription it's better to check additionally.

@Sergei Baklan 


I find it's one thing to never add new functionality to Office 2019 but quite another to disable the functionality it once had in order to force you to the cloud version off Office.


This is one more reason why the government should put some limits on big tech firms - I say that and I'm a big tech supporter and against government controls but big tech continues to abuse their position by disabling my software on my computer that I paid for


The FILTER function has never been available in Excel in Office 2019. It was introduced in the subscription version Microsoft 365, and the first 'permanent license' version in which it is available is Office 2021.

That's curious since I used it regularly for years until a few months ago and I've spent 4 months trying to figure out what was wrong so I could keep using it to quickly sort my customer list in Excel...
There is Filter functionality in older Excel but not the FILTER() cell function.
You (old Excel) can Create Tables or add the Quick Filter drop downs or just go under the Data tab and use the Filter button to filter a set of data.
You (old Excel) can NOT write a cell based formula to dynamically FILTER a set of data and return the results to this new location.
Does that help?