Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Sorting a Text Selection.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 17, 2019)
As you use Word, there will be numerous times when you need to rearrange lists of items. Word provides a sorting tool that makes rearranging lists easy. To sort a selection of text, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Sort Text dialog box.
The Sorting function in Word is rather basic. If you need to do more advanced sorting consider copying your data into Excel or pasting an Excel spreadsheet object into your Word document.
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