How to apply auto-filter in VBScript

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in VBS. The library is a COM+ component that works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VBS

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 4: Run VBS code that applies auto-filter to Excel data

Execute the following VBS code that exports data with autofilter to Excel.

' Tutorial 20
' This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in VBScript
' and apply an auto-filter to a range of cells.

' Constants declaration

WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Tutorial 20" & vbcrlf & "-----------" & vbcrlf)

' Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files
Set workbook = CreateObject("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument")

' Create a sheet

' Get the table of data for the worksheet
Set xlsTab =  workbook.easy_getSheet("Sheet1")
Set xlsTable = xlsTab.easy_getExcelTable()

' Add data in cells for report header
For Column = 0 To 4
    xlsTable.easy_getCell(0,column).setValue("Column " & (Column + 1))

' Add data in cells for report values
For row = 0 To 99
    For column = 0 To 4
        xlsTable.easy_getCell(row+1,column).setValue("Data " & (row + 1) & ", " & (column + 1))

' Apply auto-filter on cell range A1:E1
Set  xlsFilter = xlsTab.easy_getFilter()

' Export Excel file
WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial20 - autofilter in Excel sheet.xlsx")
workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial20 - autofilter in Excel sheet.xlsx")

' Confirm export of Excel file
Dim sError
sError = workbook.easy_getError()
If sError = "" then
    WScript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "File successfully created.")
    WScript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "Error: " & sError)
End If

' Dispose memory

Wscript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "Press Enter to exit ...")

How to run VBScript tutorial
In order to run the tutorial create a file named Tutorial20.vbs containing previous code, open Command Prompt, change the directory to tutorial location using cd command and type:
>    cscript Tutorial20.vbs.

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel components:

Excel Library for VBScript
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for VBScript
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Component for VBScript

File formats:

Office 365
MS Excel 2021 - 2024
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 97 - 2003