Filtering is for those times when you want to get many of the records out of the way so you can see the few that you're interested in. Filtering temporarily narrows down the number of records that appear, according to criteria you select.
Filters versus Queries
Queries also narrow down the records displayed, as you'll learn in Lesson 19. A filter is easier and quicker to use than a query, but a filter can't be saved as a separate object for later use. (However, you can save a filter as a query, as you'll learn later in this lesson.)
There are three ways to apply a filter: Filter by Selection, Filter by Form, and Advanced Filter/Sort. The first two are the most common for casual users, so we will cover them in the following ...