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I have a list with 5 columns. All I want to do is sort A-Z. Using the toolbar buttons. When I do this, it skips the first line of data, and sorts the rest. Not sure why this happens, and it is always reproducable.

What gives?

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  • DenisRoy May 14, 2009

    Try to sort an entire Column (there are 70 rows of data) There are 8 columns in total. I click on column C then click the sort A-Z button.

    It sorts (after asking to expand selection) correctly, EXCEPT row 1 is not sorted.

  • DenisRoy May 14, 2009

    Yes. Seems to work fine if you "Continue with existing selection" however you "Expand selection", same problem.



    Now if you use the Sort Wizard it is fine.



    But my problem is I am copying and pasting text quickly for use in other forms, for ease of use I have to keep sorting based on different criteria for different info and the speed of Excel97 Sort feature was great. I could sort, copy, paste, re-sort copy and paste.



    This seems plain stupid to me?

  • DenisRoy May 14, 2009

    Yes. That would do it for me.

    I was just confused as to why Microsoft would disable the quick ability of the sort function. This must be a problem right? I mean this is not by design?

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    Sphynkter May 11, 2010

    I just tried it on my machine, and it does the same thing. Yah... that's annoying and stupid. I'll see what I can find.

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    Sphynkter May 11, 2010

    are you trying to sort a row or column? or do you want to sort the entire sheet (moving all columns respectively of each other)? When you say "skips the first line of data", do you mean the first row? or first column? Please provide more specific information about your problem.

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Ok, I realized that I wasn't paying attention when I created my test spreadsheet. My first cell wasn't sorting properly because it started with a ";" instead of a letter, so it always stayed at the top. I removed the extra character and repalced it with another letter, tried it again and it worked. If there's only 1 column, it doesn't ask to expand the selection. If there are nearby data cells, it asks you what you want to do. I was able to get it to work every time by selecting "Continue with existing selection" instead of "Expand selection".

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    Sphynkter May 14, 2009

    This is another case of the software trying to outsmart us, without the option to go back in time. I would recommend recording a user macro which simulated the sort function in ascending order, and selecting "Continue with existing selection". If you make the macro into a single key combination, this could be very fast for you. This way, you only need to click on the column you wish to sort, then press a key or two and BAM - you've got the column sorted ascending without having to choose the sort option every time. Make sense?

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