How To Alphabetize in Word

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  1. Empty
  2. How to Alphabetize a List in Word
  3. Alphabetizing a List by Something Other than the First Word
  4. Alphabetizing a List in Word for the Web
  5. How to Alphabetize a Tablet in Word
  6. Wrap Up

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How to Alphabetize a List in Word

{"blocks":[{"key":"639lt","text":"Using Word 2007/2010/2013","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bsatl","text":"Step 1 — Open the file that contains the list you want to sort alphabetically, or you can copy and paste the list of words that you want to sort (from any software that allows you to paste text) into a new Word document.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"irul","text":"To alphabetize the words, you must have them formatted as a list, with each entry on its own line.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2gnvn","text":"Step 2 — Select the text of the list that you want to sort. If your document consists only of a list, then there’s no need for you to highlight anything. 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The default order of sorting is by paragraph.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":83,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ak8b6","text":"To select the order in which the list should appear, click the ‘Ascending’ or ‘Descending’ button. Ascending will arrange the list in alphabetical order, while Descending will arrange the list in reverse alphabetical order.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Alphabetizing a List by Something Other than the First Word

{"blocks":[{"key":"2m8mf","text":"The above steps are meant to alphabetize paragraphs or single-level lists, but what if each item on your list has multiple words and you don’t want to alphabetize by the first word?","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"jr1s","text":"The simplest example of this would be a list of names that you want to sort by the last name instead of the first. Here’s how to do it:","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":135,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":135,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":135,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":135,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"fo563","text":"1. Select your text.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ch53q","text":"2. Open the ‘Home’ tab, then click the ‘Sort’ button.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":53,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":53,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":53,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":53,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5s8s0","text":"3. 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Then click the ‘OK’ button.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2rmmn","text":"What’s more, you can sort by multiple words at the same time. Let’s say you have a list that’s arranged by the last name. You may want to alphabetize that list by the last name as well as do a second alphabetization by the first name.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":234,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4afub","text":"Here’s how you can do it:","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":25,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ct3oj","text":"1. After selecting your list, click the ‘Sort’ button again.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":60,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":60,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":60,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":60,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"d4ffk","text":"2. In the Sort Text window, select the ‘Word 2’ from the ‘Sort by’ dropdown.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":76,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":76,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":76,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":76,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9pth1","text":"3. Choose the ‘Word 1’ from the first ‘Then by’ dropdown. 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Alphabetizing a List in Word for the Web

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How to Alphabetize a Tablet in Word

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Wrap Up

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