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Old June 6th 08, 06:19 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.newusers
Millabird
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I have this type of data to sort: C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, all the way
up to C-500, but it doesn't sort into number order. How can I make it sort
by number, and disregard the "C-" part? thanks!
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Old June 6th 08, 07:14 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.newusers
Jim Cone[_2_]
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Assuming your data is in column C and it starts in row 1...
In a blank column next to your data enter this formula...
=RIGHT(C1,LEN(C1)-2)
Fill the formula down to the bottom of your data.
Select both columns and sort using the new column as the key.
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I have this type of data to sort: C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, all the way
up to C-500, but it doesn't sort into number order. How can I make it sort
by number, and disregard the "C-" part? thanks!
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Old June 6th 08, 10:36 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.newusers
Bernard Liengme
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You will need a 'helper' column with the number extracted
If the C-nnnn is in A1, use =--MID(A1,3,255) to get nnn
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>I have this type of data to sort: C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, all the
>way
> up to C-500, but it doesn't sort into number order. How can I make it
> sort
> by number, and disregard the "C-" part? thanks!



 




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