# Sorting A Range Of Cells In Excel

## Key Takeaway:

• Excel provides various sorting techniques that allow users to sort data in ascending or descending order, based on different criteria such as alphabetical or numerical order.
• To sort a range of cells in Excel, users need to first identify the range of cells they want to sort, then access the sort and filter menu, and specify the sorting order based on the selected criteria.
• Advanced sorting techniques in Excel include custom sorting for complex sorting requirements, sorting data by multiple columns, and sorting data according to specific criteria. Users can also sort data using formulas such as the SORT, SORTBY, and FILTER functions.

Struggling with large data sets in Excel? You can easily sort your data in Excel to make sense of it. This article will show you how to quickly and accurately sort a range of cells in Excel, helping you organize any data set.

### Underlining Different Sorting Techniques

Uncover different sorting techniques to sort a range of cells in Excel to your liking. Here’s how:

1. Choose the range of cells you want to sort.
2. Select the “Data” tab on the top menu bar.
3. Under the “Sort & Filter” section, click “Sort.”
4. Pick which column you want to sort from the “Sort by” drop-down menu.
5. Pick ascending or descending order with the “Order” options.
6. Press “OK” to apply the changes.

Now you know how to sort a range of cells. Let’s explore different sorting techniques.

Excel provides algorithms for sorting data, like alphabetical, numerical and chronological ordering. You can also use custom sorting options, e.g. sorting by color or icon sets.

Customize your sorting with advanced features such as data filtering or conditional formatting. These tools help you narrow down the results and highlight certain items within your sorted list.

With practice and experimentation, you can become an expert sorter in no time.

See which range of cells needs sorting for best results.

### Identifying the Range of Cells to Sort

Identifying the range of cells in Excel might seem like a piece of cake. But, accuracy is key when dealing with big data sets. One wrong move, and you could be left with an incorrect list that’s more confusing than helpful. Here’s how to successfully identify the range of cells to sort in Excel:

1. Open the Excel workbook and pick the worksheet with the data you want to sort.
2. Highlight the range you wish to sort. Do this by clicking on any cell in the range and using either Ctrl + Shift + End or Ctrl + A.
3. Make sure there’re no blank rows or columns in the selected data range. This can affect how Excel sorts your data.
4. Check that all cells in your selection belong together. So, only relevant data will be sorted.
5. Lastly, ensure there’re no merged cells in the selection. These cells can affect how Excel sorts your data.

It’s important to make sure you don’t include unnecessary cells while identifying your range of cells for sorting in Excel.

Once you’ve identified your range of cells, sorting them is a breeze! Simply click on “Sort & Filter” from the Home menu. Then, follow the prompts based on whether you want to sort alphabetically or numerically (ascending or descending). By taking these few extra minutes to correctly identify your specific cell range – as mentioned above – you’ll save yourself time and energy and avoid poor results.

Next up: Sorting Data in Excel.

## Sorting Data in Excel

Are you an Excel-enthusiast? I sure am! Sorting data is a must for any organized spreadsheet. Let me tell you how to do it.

1. Firstly, select the range of cells you wish to sort.
2. Secondly, access the Sort & Filter menu.
3. Lastly, specify the sorting order.

After this section, you’ll be able to sort your data with no hassle!

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### Selecting the Range of Cells to Sort

Steps to Sort Data in Excel:

1. Open the Excel workbook and navigate to the sheet with the data you want to sort.
2. Click on the top-left corner of the range you want to sort.
3. Hold down the left mouse button and drag it.
4. Drag it down and right until all the cells you want to sort are selected.
5. Release the mouse button once you have selected everything.
6. Move on to accessing the Sort & Filter menu.
7. When selecting a range, ensure that you have included all relevant columns and rows.
8. Use CTRL-click to select non-adjacent ranges.
9. Be aware of any hidden or filtered cells within the selection.
10. The right selection is key, as it determines what part of the data set will be sorted.
11. Double-check your selection before moving onto further steps.
12. Next is Accessing The Sort & Filter Menu to edit selected ranges!

It’s important to note that when selecting a range, ensure that you have included all relevant columns and rows, and use CTRL-click to select non-adjacent ranges. Additionally, be aware of any hidden or filtered cells within the selection. The right selection is key, as it determines what part of the data set will be sorted. Finally, double-check your selection before moving onto further steps. Once you’ve completed these steps, you can then move onto accessing the Sort & Filter menu to edit selected ranges.

### Accessing the Sort & Filter Menu

Click this button and a dropdown menu will appear. It gives you two options to sort data: ascending or descending. Or choose “Custom Sort” if you want more specific sorting criteria.

For A-Z sorting, click “Sort A-Z”; for Z-A sorting, click “Sort Z-A”. In Custom Sort mode, you may select multiple columns and set individual column criteria.

Excel’s Sort & Filter menu makes it easy and efficient to access and manipulate data. Alphabetizing client names or sorting numerical values, no matter what – it’s simple.

A few months back, I had to sort hundreds of customer files with sales info for their accounts. Without Excel’s Sort & Filter menu, it would have been a hard and time-consuming process.

Specifying the Sorting Order is key. When organizing data in Excel, accessing the Sort & Filter menu is only part of it. Specifying the sort order is just as important.

### Specifying the Sorting Order

Let’s sort data in Excel! Here’s a 3-step guide:

1. Select the range of cells you want to sort.
2. Click on ‘Sort’ in the ‘Data’ tab.
3. A pop-up window will appear. Choose the column to sort by and pick either ‘A-Z’ or ‘Z-A’.

Keep in mind that Excel sorts values first, then formatting. So if similar numbers have different decimal places or formatting, their order may change when sorting.

With multiple columns, you can prioritize them based on your data. It can be overwhelming, but it’s easy once you learn it!

Advanced Sorting Techniques? Let’s take it up a notch!

Sorting data in Excel can be tricky and time-consuming. But, by using advanced sorting methods, we can organize data easily according to our needs. In this section, let’s explore custom sorting techniques that can be used for complex sorting requirements. We’ll also look into how to sort data by multiple columns. This is great for data sets with similar information needing sorting. Finally, let’s learn a method to sort data according to criteria. This makes sorting simpler than ever! Let’s get started and become sorting pros!

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### Custom Sorting for Complex Sorting Requirements

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Select the range of cells that need to be sorted. Click on the “Data” tab and select “Sort”. In the “Sort by” drop-down menu, choose the column for sorting your data. Under “Order”, choose either “Ascending” or “Descending”. You can sort your data by multiple columns by using the “Add Level” option.

For complex sorting requirements, group data based on categories and sort them accordingly. Or use pivot tables to summarize large amounts of data.

Vlookups are helpful when consolidating data from various places repeatedly.

Sorting Data by Multiple Columns is ideal when there are many columns but only a few criteria matter most, or two sets of criteria need to be used at once.

### Sorting Data by Multiple Columns

To make use of the feature Sorting Data by Multiple Columns, follow these steps:

1. Select the cell range you want to sort.
2. Go to the ‘Data’ tab and click ‘Sort’.
3. In the ‘Sort’ dialog box, choose the first column to sort by. Then decide if you want it ascending or descending.
4. Click ‘Add Level’ to select more columns to sort. Repeat Step 3 for each one.

Sorting Data by Multiple Columns aids organization of data. For instance, if you have a list of workers with their department, title, and salary, you may want to sort it by department, alphabetically, then by salary, descending. This will show you the highest-paid workers in each department.

Also, by sorting data on multiple columns, you can spot patterns and trends easier. Without sorting on multiple columns, these connections may not be as visible.

Older versions of Excel did not have Sorting Data by Multiple Columns. It was only in Excel 2007 that this feature was introduced. Before, users had to sort data by one column at a time.

In the next topic, we’ll look at Sorting Data According To Specific Criteria which will cover how to refine sorting techniques further.

### Sorting Data According To Specific Criteria

Sorting Data According To Specific Criteria is a breeze!

Highlight the range of cells you want to sort. Go to the “Data” tab, then click on the “Sort” button. In the dialogue box, pick the criteria like alphabetical order or numerical value.

This easy and efficient technique helps you save time. You can find trends, patterns, and anomalies without having to look through every row. It’s a fundamental skill in data analysis and management. Big data industries, like finance and healthcare, rely on it.

For an even more advanced level of sorting, use formulas. The next section will explain this method in Microsoft Excel.

## Sorting with Formulas

Sorting data in Excel can be tricky. But, there are quick and efficient ways to do it. We’ll look at three sorting formulas:

1. The SORT function
2. The SORTBY function
3. The FILTER function

By the end of this, you’ll be an expert at sorting data with formulas – saving time and effort.

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### Sorting Data Using the SORT Function

To sort data, start by highlighting the cells you want to sort. Go to “Data” in the top menu bar and select “Sort.” In the pop-up window, choose the columns you want to sort and if it should be in ascending or descending order. Click “OK” and watch your data get sorted.

Remember that with formulas, sorting needs to be done often or with similar datasets. Use tables for this so when new items are added, everything updates correctly. Also, merged cells in ranges being sorted will be ignored by SORT functions without notification.

Finally, use SORTBY Function to sort data by multiple criteria.

### Sorting Data by Multiple Criteria Using the SORTBY Function

1. Select the range of cells you’d like to sort.
2. Click on ‘Sort & Filter’ from the ribbon. Choose ‘Custom Sort’. This will open a new dialog box.
3. In the ‘Sort’ dialog box, select the column you want to sort first with the ‘Column’ drop-down menu. Choose A-Z or Z-A for Ascending or Descending order.
4. Click on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom of the current level to add criteria.
5. Select the next column in the new dropdown menu. Pick either A-Z or Z-A for Ascending or Descending order.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the ‘+’ icon until all columns are included. Then, press OK. This will apply all sorting levels and present the data as a single composite list view.
7. Microsoft has another way to sort data in Excel – the FILTER Function. It can be faster depending on the context.
8. The SORTBY Function simplifies managing large amounts of data. On the other hand, the FILTER function may be better when handling datasets with more dynamic inquiries.

### Sorting Data Using the FILTER Function

You can use the FILTER function in Excel to sort a range of cells. Here’s a 3-step guide:

1. Select the range of cells you want to sort.
2. Click “Sort & Filter” in the Editing group of the Home tab.
3. Choose “Filter” and select how you want your data sorted.

Arrows will appear next to each column heading in your range, allowing you to choose how to sort the column. FILTERing lets you view only parts of the data set, like rows where a column matches criteria you specify. It’s great for large data sets or for displaying info from multiple tables or sheets.

To sort without filtering, click a cell in the column and use the following shortcuts:

• – Ascending order: ALT + A + S + A
• – Descending order: ALT + A + S + D

You can also sort by multiple columns. Just don’t highlight an entire table – it’ll filter for all rows rather than your selection!

Take advantage of Excel’s SORT and FILTER functions to save time and increase productivity. We’ll provide tips for troubleshooting issues in the next section.

## Troubleshooting Sorting Issues

Working with big data sets? Excel’s sort feature can help you save time. But it doesn’t always work out as planned. Here are 3 common ways sorting can go wrong and how to fix it:

1. Check for hidden or blank cells.
2. Identify wrongly formatted data.
3. Tackle duplicate data.

Use these tips and you’ll sort your data faster and save time!

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### Checking for Hidden Data or Blank Cells

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Select the data range you want to sort. Click on the “Find & Select” button in the “Home” tab of the Excel ribbon. Select “Go To Special” from the menu. In the “Go To Special” dialog box, select “Blanks” and click “OK”. This will highlight blank cells in the range. Right-click on one of the highlighted cells and choose “Delete”. A new dialog box will appear. Choose to “Shift cells left/right/up/down” depending on how you want to shift the data. Then, click OK.

Check for any hidden rows or columns by selecting all rows above and below your data set while holding the ‘ctrl’ key. Then, right-click and choose “Unhide” if necessary. Ensure that each column in your selected range is consistent with its format. Also, check that formulas reference the correct data ranges. To be safe, save a copy of your file before sorting.

### Identifying Incorrectly Formatted Data

To spot wrongly formatted data, which can mess up sorting in Excel, there are a few steps:

1. Firstly, pick the range of cells to sort. Don’t have any blank cols or rows.
2. Next, click the ‘Sort’ button in the ‘Data’ tab and select the desired criteria. If sorting problems persist, it might be because of incorrect formatting.

Incorrect formatting can stop Excel from sorting properly. Things like merged cells, hidden rows/columns, mismatched formats in a row/col, etc. can all cause errors. You can utilize filters to spot incorrect formatting too. Do this with the ‘Filter’ button in the ‘Data’ tab and inspect any strange settings.

Research from Forbes in 2019 states that between 2013-2018, 2.7 million job postings were created for data science and analytics. With the growing need for data experts, identifying incorrectly formatted data is essential for accurate results.

### Dealing with Duplicate Data

To remove duplicates, do the following:

1. Find the range of data that has duplicates.
2. Pick the column where you think there might be duplicate entries.
3. On the Excel Ribbon, click the Data Tab and select ‘Remove Duplicates.’
4. Select the columns to check for duplicates; by default, all fields are chosen.
5. Click ‘OK’ to get rid of the duplicates.

After doing this, all duplicates will be taken out from the selected range. But sometimes, deleting duplicates may not be enough or you may need to find them first before deciding how to deal with them.

If duplicates still appear even after following the steps or if it’s important to keep certain duplicated data for reference, using different colors or highlighting techniques can help users to tell identical and non-identical values easily.

Alternatively, you can add a new column to the end of your table with the title ‘Duplicate?’ This column will contain formulas that either flag rows with any corresponding matching records (1) or not (0). This helps users who process lots of data regularly to quickly filter content without having to manually search for similarities line-by-line.

## Five Facts About Sorting a Range of Cells in Excel:

• ✅ Sorting in Excel allows you to organize data in ascending or descending order based on the values in one or more columns. (Source: Excel Easy)
• ✅ You can sort by cell color, font color, or icon in addition to sorting by values or alphabetical order. (Source: Excel Jet)
• ✅ To sort a range, select the cells you want to sort and go to the Data tab, then click on the Sort button. (Source: Microsoft Support)
• ✅ Excel offers advanced sorting options, such as custom lists and pivot tables, to further manipulate and analyze data. (Source: Investopedia)
• ✅ Proper sorting can greatly improve the readability and usefulness of your data, making it easier to draw insights and make informed decisions. (Source: HubSpot)

## FAQs about Sorting A Range Of Cells In Excel

### How do I sort a range of cells in Excel?

To sort a range of cells in Excel, select the range of cells and then click on the “Sort A to Z” or “Sort Z to A” button in the “Data” tab of the ribbon.

### Can I sort by multiple columns?

Yes, to sort by multiple columns, select the range of cells and then click on the “Sort” button and choose “Custom Sort.” In the “Sort” dialog box, you can choose the columns to sort by and the sort order for each column.

### Is it possible to sort by cell color or font style?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to sort by cell color or font style in Excel. However, you can use conditional formatting to highlight cells that meet certain criteria, which can help you visually identify the cells you want to sort.

### What happens to formulas and formatting when I sort a range of cells?

When you sort a range of cells, Excel will move the contents of the cells to their new location, but it will not change any formulas or formatting. However, you should double-check your formulas after sorting to make sure they still work as intended.

### Can I undo a sort in Excel?

Yes, you can undo a sort in Excel by pressing Ctrl + Z or by clicking on the “Undo” button in the Quick Access Toolbar. This will revert your sorted data to its original state.

### What is the difference between sorting and filtering in Excel?

Sorting rearranges the order of the cells based on a chosen criteria, while filtering hides rows that do not meet specified criteria. Sorting changes the order of the entire range of cells, while filtering enables you to see a smaller subset of the data that meets specific criteria.