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How to sort a list in Microsoft Word

Sorting text numerically or through alphabetising creates a universally understood order.

If you would like your list or paragraphs to be easily navigated and user friendly, re-arranging the list into alphabetical or numerical order will allow your readers to quickly find what they are looking for and search through the list in a flash.

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What are your sorting options?

Microsoft Word allows you to sort your list by text, by number or by date, either ascending or descending.

In this post, we will show you how to sort your list numerically or alphabetically.

How to sort lists in Microsoft Word

  1. Open your Word Document
  2. Select the list or paragraphs you would like to sort
  3. Click Sort, found in the Home tab
  1. Select your preferred sorting option
  1. Press OK

Note – If you are sorting your entire document, with headers be sure to select ‘Header row’ under ‘My list has’ to ensure they are not sorted as well.

You have now successfully sorted your list, paragraph or document in Microsoft Word.

If you make any text edits to your document, Microsoft will not automatically re-sort the lists for you. It’s important to sort your document as the final step, before saving or submitted the file to ensure it is sorted correctly.

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