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How to sort numbers with hyphens in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-07-31

Supposing you have a list of numbers which including hyphens between them, normally, if you apply the Sort feature, you will get all the hyphenated numbers are sorted at top or at bottom together. But, here, you want to sort the numbers with hyphens in normal order as following screenshot shown. How could you solve this job in Excel?

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Sort numbers with hyphens with a helper column

arrow blue right bubble Sort numbers with hyphens with a helper column

To sort hyphenated numbers in normal order, you can create a helper column and then sort by the new column, you can finish this task with following steps:

1. Adjacent with your data, enter this formula: =TEXT(A2,"@"), (A2 is the cell which has the number you want to use, please change it to your need.) see screenshot:


2. Then drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to contain this formula, see screenshot:


3. And then apply the Sort feature by clicking Data > Sort A to Z or Sort Z to A as you want, and a Sort Warning prompt box will pop out, check Expand the selection in the prompt box, see screenshots:


4. Then click Sort button, and your data has been sorted as your want. See screenshot:


5. At last, you can delete the helper column B according to your need.

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