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Default Are Hidden Rows/ Columns Included in a Sort?

I have 2 spreadsheets that I'm auditting line by line and need to re-sort
them now and again in sections for different views. I currently have certain
columns hidden to view them side by side and make printing easier.

My question is when I sort certain ranges, will it automatically include the
hidden columns that fall within the range of my sort or will they be ignored
since they're hidden?

Example: A, C, E, F are hidden. My sort includes B - M. Will the columns
C, E, F that are hidden be sorted with the rest? I know A will not unless I
unhide it, which I can live with; it's the middle information I need to keep
together.

Thanks for the info.

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When you sort a range in Excel, hidden rows and columns are included in the sort. This means that if you have hidden columns within the range you are sorting, they will be sorted along with the visible columns.

To ensure that the hidden columns are sorted correctly, you can unhide them temporarily before sorting and then hide them again after the sort is complete. Here are the steps to unhide and hide columns in Excel:
  1. To unhide columns, select the columns on either side of the hidden columns by clicking on the column letters at the top of the sheet. For example, if columns C, E, and F are hidden, select columns B, D, and G.
  2. Right-click on one of the selected column letters and choose "Unhide" from the context menu.
  3. The hidden columns should now be visible. Sort the range as desired.
  4. Once the sort is complete, select the columns that were previously hidden (in our example, columns C, E, and F).
  5. Right-click on one of the selected column letters and choose "Hide" from the context menu.

The hidden columns will now be hidden again, and the sorted range will include the hidden columns in the correct order.
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Hi N
Neither hidden rows or columns are included in the sorting process.

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"N" wrote:

I have 2 spreadsheets that I'm auditting line by line and need to re-sort
them now and again in sections for different views. I currently have certain
columns hidden to view them side by side and make printing easier.

My question is when I sort certain ranges, will it automatically include the
hidden columns that fall within the range of my sort or will they be ignored
since they're hidden?

Example: A, C, E, F are hidden. My sort includes B - M. Will the columns
C, E, F that are hidden be sorted with the rest? I know A will not unless I
unhide it, which I can live with; it's the middle information I need to keep
together.

Thanks for the info.

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