Excel SORT Function | Excel One Minute Quick Reference

Posted on:  10/16/2021
Excel SORT Function | Excel One Minute Quick Reference

The SORT function in Excel sorts the contents of a range or array. Example, =SORT(B2:B20). You can also sort in ascending or descending order with the SORT function. =SORT(B2:B20,,-1) would sort descending or highest to lowest. The number 1 would sort ascending, which is the default sort. The SORT function has four arguments, but only 1 is required.

SORT function in Excel

SORT function in Excel

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Syntax for SORT function

 

=SORT(array,[sort_index],[sort_order],[by_col])

 

Arguments for SORT function

  • array - The array or range to sort - Required
  • [sort_index] A number indicating the row or column to sort by - Optional
  • [sort_order] - The order to use for sorting. 1 for ascending, -1 for descending. Default is ascending - Optional
  • [by_col] - A logical value indicating the desired sort direction; FALSE to sort by row (default), TRUE to sort by column - Optional

Versions of Excel the SORT function works in

  • Excel for Microsoft365
  • Excel for Microsoft 365 for Mac
  • Excel for the web
  • Excel 2021
  • Excel 2021 for Mac
  • Excel for iPad
  • Excel for iPhone
  • Excel for Android tablets
  • Excel for Android phones

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