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How to auto sort date when date is entered or changed in Excel? 

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-12-25

In Excel, the Sort function can help you to sort date in ascending or descending order as you need. But it isn’t dynamic, if you have sorted the date and then add new date to it, you would need to sort it again. Are there any good and quick ways for you to auto sort the date when entering new date each time in a worksheet?

Auto sort date when date is entered or changed with formula

Auto sort date when date is entered or changed with VBA code


arrow blue right bubble Auto sort date when date is entered or changed with formula

For example, the original date in Column A, the following formula can help you to auto sort the date or any other text strings in a new helper column based on the column that you want to sort, please do as follows:

1. Enter this formula:

=INDEX($A$2:$A$15,MATCH(ROWS($A$2:A2),COUNTIF($A$2:$A$15,"<="&$A$2:$A$15),0)) into a blank cell beside your date column, C2, for example, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together,  and you will get a number sequence, then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to use, see screenshot:

Note: In above formula: A2:A15 is your original date range that you want to auto sort.

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2. Then format the numbers as date format by clicking Short Date from the General drop down list under the Home tab, see screenshot:

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3. Then the sequence numbers have been converted to date format, and the original date has been sorted as well, see screenshot:

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4. From now on, when you entering new date or change the date in column A, the date in column C will be sort in ascending order automatically, see screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Auto sort date when date is entered or changed with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you to auto sort the date in the original column when you enter new date or change the date as you need.

1. Go the worksheet that you want to auto sort the date when you enter or change a date.

2. Right click the sheet tab, and select View Code from the context menu, in the popped out Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the following code into the blank Module window, see screenshot:

VBA code: auto sort when date is entered or changed:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updateby Extendoffice
    On Error Resume Next
    If Application.Intersect(Target, Application.Columns(1)) Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
    Range("A1").Sort Key1:=Range("A2"), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes, _
                                        OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
End Sub

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Note: In the above code, the entered date will be auto sort in column A, you can change A1 and A2 to your own cells as you need.

3. From now on, when you enter date in column A, the date will be sorted ascending automatically.

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Hello,This is a great tool. thank you. How can i apply this to multiple columns in the same tab? Could i apply it to restart sorting by date in a new cell of the same column? Would i just repaste the VBA code into the same window?
Thank you.
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Hello Noname9,How are you? To achieve your goal by using VBA code is beyond my reach. But I do know how to use formulas to do the trick.Suppose we have two columns of dates, say A2:B7. How to sort these dates into a new column? Please do as follows.
First, we need to combine the two columns of dates into one column. Copy and paste the formula =INDEX($A$2:$B$7,INT((ROWS(D$2:D2)-1)/2)+1,MOD(ROWS(D$2:D2)-1,2)+1) into cell D2. And drag the fill handle down to combine all dates. Please see screenshot 1.
Then, we will sort the combined dates. Copy and paste the formula =INDEX($D$2:$D$13,MATCH(ROWS($D$2:D2),COUNTIF($D$2:$D$13,"<="&$D$2:$D$13),0)) into F2. And drag the fill handle down to sort all dates. Please see screenshot 2.
Hope it will help. Have a nice day.Sincerely,Mandy
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Hello,What if i want to do this to multiple columns or even have anew start point in the same column? Do i just do a break and recopy the VBA code in that same window?
Thank you.
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That VBA code is solid gold! Thank you! :-)
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With the VBA code, I have copy and pasted the above but wish for the dates in column F to be the values by which the data is sorted. I've changed the range values to F2 and F3500 (the size of the spreadsheet where row 1 is titles), but it still sorts by the dates in column A. Can somebody help me please?
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Hello, Ross,
When applying the code to column F, you should change some references to your need as below code:
Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Updateby Extendoffice 20160606
On Error Resume Next
If Application.Intersect(Target, Application.Columns(6)) Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
If Target.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
Range("F1").Sort Key1:=Range("F2"), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes, _
OrderCustom:=1, MatchCase:=False, Orientation:=xlTopToBottom
End Sub

Please try, hope it can help you!
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Is there a particular formula to keep the cells following the sorted date? It would be nice to organize by date but keep the entire row of information. Any help would be much appreciated.
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