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How to auto sort column by value in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2022-09-22

For example, you have a purchase table as below screenshot shown. Now you want the Price column to be sorted automatically when you enter new numbers/prices in this column, how could you solve it? Here I introduce a VBA macro to help you auto sort a specific column by value in Excel.

Auto sort column by value with VBA


Auto sort column by value with VBA

This VBA macro will sort all data in a specific column automatically as soon as you enter new data or change value in the column in Excel.

1. Right click current sheet name in the Sheet Tab bar, and then click the View Code from the right-clicking menu.

2. In the opening Microsoft Visual Basic for Application dialog box, paste the following VBA macro code into the opening window.

VBA: Auto Sort Column in Excel

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
On Error Resume Next
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("B:B")) Is Nothing Then
Range("B1").Sort Key1:=Range("B2"), _
Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
End If
End Sub

Note:
1) In the above vba code, B:B means it will auto sort Column B, B1 is the first cell in Column B, B2 is the second cell in Column B, and you can change them based on your needs.
2) The snippet Header:=xlYes in the 5th row tells Excel that the range you will sort has a header, so that the first row of the range will not be included when sorting. If there is no header, please change it to Header:=xlNo; and change Key1:=Range("B2") in the 4th row to Key1:=Range("B1").

3. Then go back to the worksheet, when you enter a new number in the Price column or modify any existing prices, the Price column will be automatically sorted in ascending order.

Note: When you enter a new number in the Price column, you must enter the number in the first blank cell below the original numbers. If there are blank cells between the new entered number and original numbers as well as blank cells between original numbers, this column won't be sorted automatically.


Demo: Auto sort column by value with VBA in Excel


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such a good information thanks a lot
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Maravilhoso! Muito obrigada pela informação, amigo!
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I love this, but I'd like to know what I should do if I want it to be multiple different ranges in the same column. When I use the code above, it works for the first table that I have but the bottom two tables don't sort automatically. I tried changing the range, I also duplicated the code and changed the code to match the tables, but nothing is working.

For example:
Range("L8").Sort Key1:=Range("L37"),Range("L41").Sort Key1:=Range("L62") _

Or just duplicating the code like this:
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
On Error Resume Next
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("L:L")) Is Nothing Then
Range("L8").Sort Key1:=Range("L37"), _
Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
End If
End Sub

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
On Error Resume Next
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("L:L")) Is Nothing Then
Range("L41").Sort Key1:=Range("L62"), _
Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
End If
End Sub

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
On Error Resume Next
If Not Intersect(Target, Range("L:L")) Is Nothing Then
Range("L66").Sort Key1:=Range("L100"), _
Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
Orientation:=xlTopToBottom

But then it will tell me that "Ambiguos name detected: Worksheet_Change" but it won't do that if I only have the code one. Would anyone be able to help me out?
Thank you!
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Hi there,

You can use the vba below:
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    On Error Resume Next
    If Not Intersect(Target, Range("K:K")) Is Nothing Then
        Range("K32:K36").Sort Key1:=Range("K32"), _
        Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlNo, _
        OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
        Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
        
        Range("K38:K42").Sort Key1:=Range("K38"), _
        Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlNo, _
        OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
        Orientation:=xlTopToBottom        

        Range("K44:K46").Sort Key1:=Range("K44"), _
        Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlNo, _
        OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, _
        Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
    End If
End Sub


Amanda
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01. I have sorted on Name data in Excel Worksheet as Sheet1.
02. I want the Names that are repeated in New Worksheet as Sheet2.
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Hallo
Ich habe folgenden Code, aber die Sortierung klappt leider nicht.
evtl nur eine kleine Anpassung, aber ich verzweifle hier seit Tagen.
Danke im voraus.


Sub Eindeutige_Daten()

Dim rng As Range
Dim InputRng As Range, OutRng As Range

Set dt = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

xTitleId = "Eindeutige Daten"

Set InputRng = Application.Selection
Set InputRng = Application.InputBox("Range :", xTitleId, InputRng.Address, Type:=8)
Set OutRng = Application.InputBox("Out put to (single cell):", xTitleId, Type:=8)

For Each rng In InputRng
If rng.Value <> "" Then
dt(rng.Value) = ""
End If
Next

OutRng.Range("A1").Resize(dt.Count) = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(dt.Keys)

'** Zelladresse in Spalten- und Zeilenangabe trennen
Dim wert() As String
wert = Split(OutRng.Address, "$")

letztezeile = ActiveSheet.Cells(1048576, wert(1)).End(xlUp).Row

With ActiveWorksheet.Sort
.SetRange Range(OutRng & ":" & wert(1) & letztezeile)
.Header = xlNo
.MatchCase = False
.Orientation = xlTopToBottom
.SortMethod = xlPinYin
.Apply
End With

Calculate

End Sub
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Hi there,

Please debug the below snipt of your code and see if there is a problem.
With ActiveWorksheet.Sort
.SetRange Range(OutRng & ":" & wert(1) & letztezeile)
.Header = xlNo
.MatchCase = False
.Orientation = xlTopToBottom
.SortMethod = xlPinYin
.Apply
End With

Remember to check the values you entered.
If there is still questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Amanda
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