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Windows 7: Outlook Sorting Question

26 Oct 2010   #1
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 
Outlook Sorting Question

I'm creating multiple columns in Excel 2007. For example; 10 rows in column "A", 10 rows in column "C" and 10 rows in column "E".

30 Items (cells) total.

What I'd like to do is sort them, A to Z, starting at 1A and ending at 10E.
Ic an't figure it out. I'm sure it's simple.
Thanks.


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26 Oct 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I should be able to help you with this, since I am proficient in excel.

The columns and rows are already numbered.

Under the home tab, and on the right sort and filter is what you need, for further sorting.
Give me more information, if this is not precisely, what you need.
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27 Oct 2010   #3
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Thanks, Rich. The Sort and Filter command is where I'm having issues. Seems I cannot sort more than one column at a time. With multiple columns selected, nothing sorts. I've tried "from column A" and then gone and selected "And then from column B" but it's a no go. I need the sorting to look like this;


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27 Oct 2010   #4
richc46

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I think that you may not using the custom sort function. Take a look at this and see if it fits your needs
Sort data by multiple columns in Excel 2007 | Excel Digest
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28 Oct 2010   #5
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Excel doesn't let you sort discontinuous blocks of data because it carries with it a significant risk of seriously messing up your data.

Are the columns between the columns you want to sort, empty? In your example, are columns B, D and F simply empty columns? If so, delete them, then sort the data as usual, then reinsert blank columns where you want them.

Hope this helps - though I may have misunderstood your question...
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28 Oct 2010   #6
richc46

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Clunkfish is correct. But using custom sort, you are able to sort the data as shown in the example that I sent you.
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28 Oct 2010   #7
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Clunkfish is correct. But using custom sort, you are able to sort the data as shown in the example that I sent you.
The method given in Richc46's excellent link still won't allow sorting of discontinuous blocks of data - in other words, it would still sort columns B, D and F as shown in the OP's example. If I understand correctly, the goal is to sort columns A, C, E and G but leave B, D and F untouched. As far as I know, that isn't possible (and for good reasons).

If B, D and F are empty, they can be sorted without changing anything; if they contain data, won't the values need to remain associated with other data in the same row, and thus have to be sorted anyway?
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28 Oct 2010   #8
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Thanks, clunkfish, for the update. To answer your question, no, columns B, D, and F are not empty, they contain numerical values. I don't want the numerical values sorted, though, just the alpha values.
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