SORTformula in Google Sheets is used to sort a range of data based on one or more columns. This function can be used to sort data in ascending or descending order, and can also sort by multiple columns. The sorted data can be used for further analysis or presentation.
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SORT formula with the syntax shown below, it has 3 required parameters and 2 optional parameters:
- range (required):
The range of cells to be sorted. This parameter can be a range reference or an array of values.
- sort_column (required):
The index or column number of the column to sort by. This parameter can be a number or a reference to a cell containing a number.
- is_ascending (required):
A boolean value that determines whether the data should be sorted in ascending or descending order. Use TRUE for ascending and FALSE for descending.
- sort_column2 (optional):
An optional parameter that specifies a second column to sort by. If this parameter is used, the data will be sorted by the first column, and then by the second column.
- is_ascending2 (optional):
An optional parameter that specifies the sort order for the second column. This parameter should be used in conjunction with the sort_column2 parameter.
ExamplesHere are a few example use cases that explain how to use the
SORTformula in Google Sheets.
Sort a list of names alphabetically
SORT function can be used to sort a list of names in alphabetical order. This is useful for organizing contact lists or other types of directories.
Sort data by date
SORT function can be used to sort data by date. This is useful for analyzing trends or tracking changes over time.
Sort data by multiple columns
SORT function can be used to sort data by multiple columns. This is useful for prioritizing data based on more than one criteria.
SORTnot working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the
SORTGoogle Sheets Formula:
Incorrect range selected
One common mistake when using the SORT formula is to select an incorrect range, which can result in unexpected sorting. Double-check that you have selected the correct range.
Invalid sort_column value
Another common mistake is to provide an invalid sort_column value, which can cause the formula to fail or sort incorrectly. Make sure that the sort_column value is a valid column reference.
Missing is_ascending parameter
If the is_ascending parameter is omitted, the formula may sort in the wrong order. Make sure to include the is_ascending parameter and set it to either true or false.
Incorrect sort_column2 value
If you provide an incorrect sort_column2 value, the formula may not sort as intended. Double-check that the value you provide is a valid column reference.
Incorrect is_ascending2 value
If you provide an incorrect is_ascending2 value, the formula may not sort as intended. Make sure that the value is either true or false.
The following functions are similar to
SORT or are often used with it in a formula:
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You can learn more about the
SORT Google Sheets function on Google Support.