How to Alphabetize in Google Sheets


Google Sheets has many of the same features as Microsoft Excel. However, many of these features are found in different locations than you might be used to with Excel, so there can be a bit of a learning period as you familiarize your self with Sheets.

One of the most commonly used features in Excel is the ability to alphabetize or sort your data. This feature is also present in Google Sheets, and can be found on the Data tab. Our guide below will walk you through the process of selecting and alphabetizing a column on Google Sheets.

 

How to Alphabetize a Column in Google Sheets

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to select a column and alphabetize all of the data in that column. While our example below is going to focus on alphabetizing text, you can use this same method to sort numerical data as well. Choosing the A to Z option with numbers will put the smallest value at the top, while choosing the Z to A option will part the largest numerical value at the top.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and double-click the spreadsheet containing the data that you wish to alphabetize.

 

Step 2: Select each column that you wish to include in the sort. If you only want to sort one column of data and leave the rest of the information in its current location, then only select that column. However, if there is data in the other columns that is related to data in your target column, then select the other columns, too.

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Step 3: Click the Data tab at the top of the window.

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Step 4: Click the Sort range option. Note that you could select the Sort sheet by column option or the Sort range by column option now, too, but I will use the Sort range option for this example. For reference, Sort sheet by column will sort the selected column along with any data in the corresponding rows. The Sort range by column option will only sort the selected column and leave the rest of the columns intact.

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Step 5: Check the box to the left of Data has header row option if you have a header row in your spreadsheet, then click the Sort by dropdown menu and select the column that you wish to sort alphabetically. Specify whether you want to sort from A to Z or Z to A, then click the OK button.

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Are you printing your spreadsheet, but the gridlines are making it look bad, or difficult to read? Learn how to hide gridlines in Google Sheets so that all that is visible on the screen is your data.

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