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How to sort a column but keep intact rows in Excel?

Suppose you have multiple columns in a worksheet, now you want to sort a column and keep its intact rows order as below screenshot shown. Here I will tell you some ways to solve this problem in Excel.

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Sort a column but keep rows by Sort function

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arrow blue right bubble   Sort a column but keep rows by Sort function

In Excel, you can use the Sort function to sort a column and keep rows.

1. Select the column data you want to sort, and then click Data > Sort. See screenshot:

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2. In the Sort Warning dialog, keep Expand the selection option checked, and click Sort.

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3. In the Sort dialog, specify the criterion that you will sort on and the sorting order. See screenshot:

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4. Click OK. Now the selected column has been sorted and the intact rows are still kept.

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If you want to sort the column data based on the absolute values, the Sort function of Excel cannot directly help you sort them. Now I introduce the Advanced Sort of Kutools for Excel for you.


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With Kutools for Excel’s Advanced Sort function, you can sort data by absolute value, month, day, frequency, last name and so on.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select all the data range and then click Enterprise > Advanced Sort. See screenshot:

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2. In the Advanced Sort dialog, select the column you want to sort, and then select the criterion you want to sort on, then select the sorting order. See screenshot:

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3. Click Ok. Now the selected column data has been sorted with intact rows kept.

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If you are interested in Kutools for Excel’s Advanced Sort utility, you can click here to know more detail about this utility.


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    EK · 1 years ago
    The screen capture for step 2. In the Sort Warning dialog, keep Expand the selection option checked, and click Sort. needs to show "Expand the selection"