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10 Excel Quick Tips
Part five of a ten-part series of blogs

Posted by Andrew Gould on 02 December 2011

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Excel Quick Tip #5 - Sorting a List

There are only two things that you need to do in order to sort a list in Excel:

  1. Click on a single cell in the column you want to sort the whole table by.
Select a single cell

Here we want to sort the entire list alphabetically by name, so we select a single cell in the movie name column.

  1. Choose to sort the list in either ascending or descending order.
Choosing to sort

Here we're choosing to sort in ascending order.


Even though you only have a single cell selected, Excel is clever enough to work out to sort the entire list.

Sorted list

The whole list has been sorted, even though only a single cell was selected.

You can watch this technique in action in this short video.

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