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How to sort list by month name in Excel?

Normally, when you sort a list of month names, it will be sorted with the alphabetical order. But, sometime, you need to sort the month names from Jan to Dec as following screenshot shown. Is there any good way for solving this task in Excel?

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Sort list of data by month name with Sort function


arrow blue right bubble Sort list of data by month name with Sort function

To sort the data by month name from Jan to Dec, you should do as this:

1. Select the data range that you want to sort by month name, and click Data > Sort, in the Sort dialog box, do the following operations:

(1.) Under the Column section, please select the column name that you want to sort based on;

(2.) Choose Values from the Sort On drop down;

(3.) Then click Custom List from the Order drop down.

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2. And it will go to the Custom Lists dialog box, in the Custom Lists box, please select Jan, Feb, Mar…list, (Note: If your month names are full names, please select January, February,… )see screenshot:

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3. And then click OK > OK buttons to close the dialogs, now, the data has been sorted by the month name in chronological order but not alphabetical, see screenshot:

doc sort by month name 1


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