Filtering text strings containing multiple asterisks


New Member
Jul 12, 2017
I am filtering a list of 400 text strings ( I have posted a subset below), some of which have anywhere from 1 to 4 asterisks.
I know how to use the ~ to filter (both advanced filter and auto filter) for ANY number of asterisks: *~*. I also know how to use the ~ to advanced filter for more than an X number
of asterisks: If I want to filter for 2 or more asterisks, I type:*~*~*

However, I don't know how to filter for a SPECIFIC number of asterisks--how would I filter for text containing just 2 or just 3 or just 4 asterisks?

I have pasted below the list that I am trying to filter:

Alpine **
Alpine 0609
Amador 1594
Butte ****
Calaveras 0000
Contra Costa 1629
Del Norte **
Del Norte 1382
Fresno ***
Fresno 0935
Humboldt **
Inyo 0694
Kern ***
Los Angeles *A28222
Madera ***
Mendocino *A26951, A27929


Marcelo Branco

MrExcel MVP
Aug 23, 2010

2 asterisks

For three asterisks replace 2 by 3 and so on


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