What does it do?

Sorts a table based on a column and order specified

Formula breakdown:

=SORT(array, [sort_index], [sort_order])

What it means:

=SORT(data to be sorted, [which column to be used for sorting], [ascending or descending order])


Did you know that you can now sort your table data with an Excel Formula? Yes you can! It is definitely possible now with Excel’s SORT Formula. It is a new formula introduced in Office 365 released in 2018!

We have a tax table that we want to sort by the tax rate in a descending order.

I explain how you can do this below:

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STEP 1: We need to enter the SORT function in a blank cell:

=SORT(

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STEP 2: The SORT arguments:

array

What is the data to be sorted?

Select the cells containing the tax data, do not include the headers:

=SORT(C9:D14,

SORT Formula in Excel

[sort_index]

What is the column to be used for sorting?

We specify the column number here. Since the tax rate column is the second column, place in 2.

=SORT(C9:D14, 2,

SORT Formula in Excel

[sort_order]

What is the sort order? 1 for Ascending, -1 for Descending order.

Since we want descending order, place in -1.

=SORT(C9:D14, 2, -1)

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Now it gets sorted magically!

SORT Formula in Excel

 

How to Use the SORT Formula in Excel

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