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How to sort numbers within a cell in Excel?

It is easy and common for us to sort numbers in a list of column, but have you ever tried to sort numbers within a single cell? May be there is no good way for you except arrange them one by one, here, I will talk about how to sort numbers within cells in Excel.

Sort numbers within cells with formula

Sort numbers within cells with User Defined Function

Sort numbers which separated by commas within cells with VBA code

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To sort numbers within cells in a worksheet, you can apply the following long formula, please do as this:

1. Next to your data, please enter the following formula, in this example, I will type it into cell C1, see screenshot:

=TEXT(SUM(SMALL(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))*10^(LEN(A1)-ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))),REPT("0",LEN(A1)))

doc-sort-numbers-in-cells-1

2. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together, then drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to apply this formula, and you will get the numbers have been sorted from small to large. See screenshot:

doc-sort-numbers-in-cells-1

Notes:

1. If the digit of the number is more than 15 in the cell, this formula will not get the correct result.

2. If you want to sort the numbers in descending order, you can use this formula: =TEXT(SUM(LARGE(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))*10^(LEN(A1)-ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))),REPT("0",LEN(A1))).

3. In the above formulas, A1 indicates the cell which contains the numbers you want to sort, you can change it to your need.


arrow blue right bubble Sort numbers within cells with User Defined Function

As there are some limitations of the formula, you can use the following User Defined Function to sort numbers in cells longer than 15 digits.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Sort numbers within cells

Function SortNumsInCell(pNum As String, Optional pOrder As Boolean) As String
'Update 20140717
Dim xOutput As String
For i = 0 To 9
  For j = 1 To UBound(VBA.Split(pNum, i))
    xOutput = IIf(pOrder, i & xOutput, xOutput & i)
  Next
Next
SortNumsInCell = xOutput
End Function

3. Then save and close this code, go back to your worksheet, and enter this formula =sortnumsincell(A1) into a blank cell next to your data, see screenshot:

doc-sort-numbers-in-cells-1

4. And then drag the fill handle to the cells that you want to contain this formula, and all the numbers in the cells have been sorted in ascending order as following screenshot shown:

doc-sort-numbers-in-cells-1

Note: If you want to sort the numbers in descending order, please enter this formula =sortnumsincell(A1,1).


arrow blue right bubble Sort numbers which separated by commas within cells with VBA code

If your numbers are separated by certain characters such as comma, semicolon, period and so on as following screenshot, how could you sort them in cells? Now, I introduce a VBA code for you to sort them.

doc-sort-numbers-in-cells-1

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Sort numbers are separated by commas within cells

Sub SortNumsInRange()
'Update 20140717
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Arr As Variant
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Set objArrayList = CreateObject("System.Collections.ArrayList")
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    Arr = VBA.Split(Rng.Value, ",")
    For i = 0 To UBound(Arr)
        xMin = i
        For j = i + 1 To UBound(Arr)
            If Arr(xMin) > Arr(j) Then
                xMin = j
            End If
        Next j
        If xMin <> i Then
            temp = Arr(i)
            Arr(i) = Arr(xMin)
            Arr(xMin) = temp
        End If
    Next i
    Rng.Value = VBA.Join(Arr, ",")
Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and then select your cells which contain the numbers in the popped out prompt box, see screenshot:

doc-sort-numbers-in-cells-1

4. And then click OK, all the numbers in the cells have been sorted ascendingly in the original range.

Note: You can change the comma “,” to any other characters as you need in the above code. And this code only can sort data ascendingly.


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    Micael · 2 years ago
    Hi, the VBA code seems to output incorrectly, example before 13,50,47,7,39 and after 13-39-47-50-7. Any ideas why?
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    Jijoy P Jacob · 2 years ago
    i want to sort total an amount 14000 to 20000 from various row Example:- 2000,1500 one row and like that all row amount to arrange
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    orly · 2 years ago
    need to sort 84-12-74-26-98 any order 12-26-74-84-98 or 98-84-74-26-12
    thank you
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      dd · 20 days ago
      If CInt(Arr(xMin)) > CInt(Arr(j)) and it works
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    Dave · 2 years ago
    Is there is any way to sort more numbers in same time from one cell? Example, i have a list of 50000 asset numbers such as A1234,A1235... and i need to pull 500 specific numbers and i need to pull 500 at the time to make change and save.Thank you
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    Brian Dolan · 2 years ago
    I have a series of cells with numbers separated by a space that I want to sort.
    eg 8 4 5 1 6 3 that I want to sort as 1 3 4 5 6 8
    Any help appreciated
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    wschloss · 4 years ago
    Hi, I was wondering how this UDF, [b]=sortnumsincell(A1,1)[/b], can be modified more generally, like [b]=sortnumsincell(A1," "," ",,1)[/b] where the first argument, [b]A1[/b], is the target cell, the second argument,[b]" "[/b], is a delimiter that could take any character, or a space, or nothing, with third argument, [b]" "[/b], a different or same delimiter, and the fourth argument, [b]1 or 0[/b], indicating an ascending or descending sort, with the result string displaying, correctly sorted, within one cell, with delimiter default same as the original string unless specified in the third term. I would like it to work both on string and numerical, and sometimes the second or third argument might be a line feed, as would be manually entered with alt-enter.
    You'd be my hero of the month if you could do that. I tried but failed miserably.
    Thank you.
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    noob · 4 years ago
    sir, could you please help to sort the data for the duplicate first whether it's small or big
    Example
    1211 ---> 1112
    9495 ---> 9945
    7379 ---> 7739

    Thanks a lot for your help