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How to sort values ignore zeros in Excel?

If there is a list of values including zero values, in general, when you sort the values ascendingly, the zero values will be sorted as the first one, but in some cases, you just want to sort the numbers ignoring the zeros which means to sort the zeros at the bottom as below screenshot shown. In this article, I introduce a trick to handle this job.
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Sort values ignore zeros with a helper column

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To sort values ignore zeros, you need to create a helper column and apply a formula.

1. Select a blank cell next to the data, B2 for example, and enter this formula, =IF(A2=0,"",A2), drag fill handle down to apply this formula to the cells you need. Then if the relative cell contains zero, the formula cell will return a blank cell. See screenshot:
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2. Then keep the formula cells selected, click Data > Sort Smallest to Largest, in the popped Sort Warning dialog, check Expand the selection option. See screenshot:
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3. Click Sort, and the values are sorted from smallest to largest ignoring zeros. You can remove the helper column after sorting.
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Tip.In generally, the blank cells will be sorted in the bottom, bu if you want to sort the blank cells in the front, please try to use the Kutools for Excel’s Advanced Sort and check  Blank cells in front option as shown in the following screenshot. It’s full function without limitation in 30 days, please download and have a free trial now.
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