I am using Excel 2003. I want to be able to filter merged cells (that are in one column, covering several rows) so that all the data associated with the merged cell appears and not just the top line. e.g. set up a table with two columns and an auto filter at the top. In the left column put certain categories of data, for example say food types e.g. fruit or meat, and then in the right column the actual food, so for fruit you could have apples, bananas and pears. Now for presentation purposes I want to have the left column merged so that the food category appears once vertically centered in the middle of the rows, but I want to be able to filter this column to pick up all the data i.e. if I filter for fruit I want to get apples, bananas and pears not just apples.