How to Alphabetize a List in Word 2013

Manually alphabetizing a list of information can be very time-consuming and prone to error.

Fortunately, Microsoft Word 2013 can really help to expedite your alphabetizing efforts.

Our tutorial below will show you how to take an existing list of information in a Word 2013 document and turn it into a list that has been sorted based on the first letter of the word on each row of the list.

Alphabetizing a Word 2013 Selection

This article will focus on alphabetizing a list of information that has been entered individually on its’ own line. You can use the alphabetizing feature in other situations as well, such as alphabetizing a table column.

Step 1: Open the Word document that contains the information that you want to alphabetize.

Step 2: Use your mouse to select the information that you want to alphabetize.

select the list to alphabetize

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

click the home tab

Step 4: Click the Sort button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

how to alphabetize a list in word 2013

Step 5: Select the preferred settings for your sort, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window. In the image below I am sorting each row of text in alphabetical order. If you wanted to sort in reverse alphabetical order, for example, you could select the Descending option at the right of the window instead.

set the sort parameters for your text

Now that you know how to alphabetize a list in Word 2013, you will be able to sort lists of information in your documents much more quickly.

Do you have a document that is entirely in uppercase letters, but that you need to be in correct sentence case? Learn how to quickly switch cases in Word 2013 and save yourself the time that would otherwise be required to retype the document.

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