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How to quickly sort rows to match another column in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-04-27
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If you have two lists in a sheet, and both of them have same values but in different order, how can you sort one list to match another list as below screenshot shown? In this article, I will introduce a formula to help you quickly solve it in Excel.
Sort rows to match another column

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To sort rows to match another column, here is a formula can help you.

1. Select a blank cell next to the column you want to resort, for instance B1, and then enter this formula =MATCH(A1,C:C,FALSE), and drag autofill handle down to apply this formula. See screenshot:
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Tip: C:C is the column you want to resort based on, and A1 is the first cell of the column you want to sort.

2. And then a list of numbers are displaying in the formula cells. Select the list you want to resort and the numbers list, and click Data > Sort. See screenshot:
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3. And in the Sort dialog, select the column which contains the formulas from Column drop down list, and select Values and Smallest to Largest from the Sort On and Order drop down lists separately. See screenshot:
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4. Click OK. And the column A is sorted to match column C.
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Tip: You can delete the formula column after sorting if you do not need it any more.


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Comments (25)
Rated 4.25 out of 5 · 2 ratings
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Gracias, me ahorraste horas de trabajo y aprendí algo nuevo.
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Sorting data in rows to match respective column headers in excel.

A B C D E
---------
D
A C
C E
B D E
E
What I want it to look like:

A B C D E
---------
D
A C
C E
B D E
E
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What it looks like:

A B C D E
---------
D
A C
C E
B D E
E
What I want it to look like:

A B C D E
---------
D
A C
C E
B D E
E

can we do this in Excel?
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Annn the formatting for that comment broke.

It would re-order it to:
0230
...........0231
...........0234
0236 0236
...........0240
0241
............0245
0250 0250
............0251

Is what I meant by insert empty cells as needed in each column
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A lot of people are asking this question (on a 4 year old post) but I haven't found an answer.

I have 4 unique columns of time stamps from 4 sources. Not all the time stamps match up. I might have 0230, 0236, 0241, 0250 in one column and 0231, 0234, 0236, 0240, 0245, 0250, 0251 in another column. Is there away to have excel match the columns and insert empty cells as needed?
So instead of:
0230 0231
0236 0234
0241 0236 etc

It would re-order it to:
0230
0231
0234
0236 0236
0240
0241
0245
0250 0250
0251

I have about 13,000 rows I need to do this to across 4 columns so adding by hand or inserting rows is not feasible.
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Hi, JOAT, you can use this formula:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(G1,$I$1:$I$8,1,FALSE)
See screenshot:
https://www.extendoffice.com/images/stories/comments/sun-comment/doc-lookup-formula-1.png
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