You can use the following syntax to filter for cells that do not contain certain text in Google Sheets:

=FILTER(A1:C17, REGEXMATCH(A1:A17, "East")=FALSE)

This formula filters the cells in the range A1:C17 to only return the rows where cells in the range A1:A17 do not contain the word “East”.

You can also use the following syntax to filter for cells that do not contain one of several values in Google Sheets:

=FILTER(A1:C17, REGEXMATCH(A1:A17, "East|West")=FALSE)

This formula filters the cells in the range A1:C17 to only return the rows where cells in the range A1:A17 do not contain the word “East” or “West”.

The following examples show how to use this syntax in practice.

**Example 1: Filter for Cells that Do Not Contain Text**

Suppose we have the following data in Google Sheets:

We can use the following formula to filter for rows where the Region does not contain “East”:

=FILTER(A1:C17, REGEXMATCH(A1:A17, "East")=FALSE)

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

Notice that only the rows where the Region does not contain “East” are returned.

**Example 2: Filter for Cells that Do Not Contain One of Multiple Texts**

Once again suppose we have the following data in Google Sheets:

We can use the following formula to filter for rows where the Region is not equal to “East” *or* “West”:

=FILTER(A1:C17, REGEXMATCH(A1:A17, "East|West")=FALSE)

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

Notice that only the rows where the Region is not equal to “East” or “West” are returned.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Google Sheets:

How to Sum Filtered Rows in Google Sheets

How to Filter Multiple Columns in Google Sheets

How to Use SUMIF with Multiple Columns in Google Sheets

it is not working for whole column selection (where the range is A:A or B:D)