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How to sort multiple columns from left to right in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-17

While sorting a single column vertically in Excel is straightforward, arranging multiple columns horizontally from left to right may seem challenging. For example, consider a scenario where you need to sort sales amounts for January across several columns, as shown in the screenshot. This guide provides clear instructions on how to efficiently sort multiple columns from left to right in Excel, enabling you to organize your data horizontally for better analysis and presentation.

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Step 1: Select the range that you will sort columns horizontally. In this case, select the B1:F8.

Step 2: Click the biggest Sort button in the Sort & Filter group under the Data tab. See the following screenshot:

You can also click the Home >> Sort & Filter >> Custom.

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Step 3: In the Sort dialog box, click the Options button at the header, see the following screenshot.

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Step 4: Now Sort Options dialog box pops up, check the Sort left to right option and click OK.

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Step 5: And then you will go back to the Sort dialog box, and specify the sorting rows and sorting orders based on your needs.

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Step 6: Click OK.

Then it sorts the selected columns from left to right based on the sorting row specified in Step 5.

Note: Microsoft Excel will remember your modification of sorting orientation in Step 4. It means that it will sort horizontally from left to right when you perform a sort next time in Excel.

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"February" is misspelled in the screenshot.
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I used your steps above with these these columns & rows below:


39 34 46 10 66
14 15 49 65 68
46 37 33 67 55
3 46 15 64 63
38 1 6 7 66
43 61 36 50 11
47 59 14 23 34
62 48 36 52 12
66 54 22 12 8
40 24 45 51 47
60 33 70 5 40
54 15 38 29 1
22 24 20 24 5
8 8 45 64 4
51 15 62 51 26
26 18 10 70 39

The only row that sorted was row 2 -- any idea on how I can get all the rest of them done without doing them one row at a time ???
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Use large(a,b) function. Sorting manually using Sort and Filter one by one will be really cumbersome like u said.
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Use large(a,b) function. Sorting manually using Sort and Filter one by one will be really cumbersome like u said.
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Use Highest(a,b) function in excel, the sort funtion would be way too cumbersome
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very helpful thank you.
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