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Excel sorting

Excel sorting

Excel sorting

If I have data in two columns (Number and Letter), how can I sort it to get this order:

Number	Letter
3	A
3	B
4	A
5	B
Number without the Letter would be first, then A and B, as:
3 A
3 B 

---- Andy

"Hmm...they have the internet on computers now"--Homer Simpson

RE: Excel sorting

You need a helper column.

With your data in a structured table, add the helper column with this formula: =IF(ISBLANK([@letter]),0,CODE([@letter]))

Filter on number to show only 3
Sort on the helper column smallest to largest.

number	letter	helper
3		0
3	A	65
3	B	66

Alternately, you could use conditional formatting to color the letter cells blank and not blank, then sort by color, then by value.

RE: Excel sorting

Since these are my helper columns anyway, what I did is have a 1 in a Letter column:

Number	Letter
1	1
2	1
3	1
3	A
3	B
4	1
4	A
5	1
5	B 

since 1 is prior to A when sorting smile

---- Andy

"Hmm...they have the internet on computers now"--Homer Simpson

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