You can use the following formula in Google Sheets to use a wildcard character within a **FILTER** function:

=FILTER(A2:C11,search("avs",A2:A11))

This particular formula will filter the cells in the range **A2:C11** to only contain the rows where the value in **A2:A11** contains “avs” somewhere in the cell.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

**Example: Use FILTER with Wildcard in Google Sheets**

Suppose we have the following dataset in Google Sheets that contains information about various basketball players:

Now suppose that we would like to filter the dataset to only contain rows where the value in the **Team** column contains “avs” somewhere in the name.

We can type the following formula into cell **A13 **to apply this filter:

=FILTER(A2:C11,search("avs",A2:A11))

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

Notice that the only rows displayed in the filtered dataset contain the string “avs” somewhere in the team name.

To search for a different string, simply replace “avs” with another string in the formula.

For example, we can use the following formula to filter for rows where the team name contains “ets” somewhere in the name:

=FILTER(A2:C11,search("ets",A2:A11))

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

Now the only rows displayed in the filtered dataset contain the string “ets” somewhere in the team name.

**Additional Resources**

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

How to Use Wildcard Characters in Google Sheets Query

How to Use COUNTIF with Wildcards in Google Sheets