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I'm not sure what type of discussion was held for replacing the AutoFilter, however please do not take away functionality when trying to make something pretty and "user friendly." Add an additional Filter type for that. AutoFilter is or should be a /quick /way to drill down information. Not a tickbox with multiple choices, that's more in line with the standard filter.

Below shows the increase in steps, however the time increase when you are working with over 600 rows of independent data means I'm going from a second to seconds, which adds up quickly when you do this hundreds of times in a day.

Steps to "quickly" drill down data:
3.4 Version with Mouse
1. Click drop down arrow
2. Begin typing what your looking for
3. Select
4. Results

3.5 Version with Mouse
1. Click drop down arrow
2. Tick All to unselect
3. Manually with your mouse scroll through list (which if you have many rows can take a while)
4. Tick to select
5. Click Ok
6. Results
Not only does this add time it adds steps.

Let look at using the keyboard, which for many who use spreadsheets is normal.
3.4 Version
1. Ctrl-Home
2. Alt-Arrow Down
3. Type what you want
4. Enter
5. Results

3.5 Version
2.Alt-Arrow Down
5.Space bar to deselect all
7.Scroll for your item (page down/arrow down)
8. Space bar to select
11. Results

Again I appreciate the redesign, I just think it replaced the wrong thing. Quick easy access is what the autofilter is for. Add an additional filter, or replace the standard filter with the new one. This update has decreased my functionality, and ADDED unnecessary time to my workday.


Shari Smith

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