Today we’ll be talking about how to sort by date in Excel. We’ll go through a quick and convenient way how to sort dates in a table starting with the oldest or the latest one.
Well, here we go!
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To sort by date in Excel, first we need to make sure that the column containing the dates has been formatted as ‘Date’.
Then we select the whole area which we want to sort, header including.
Once we’ve selected the area, we go to the Data tab and click on ‘Sort’.
A pop-up window appears where we can set necessary details.
Since we’ve included the header, we’ll keep the option ‘My data has headers’ selected.
With this we’ll make sure that the names of the column headers from the table will be displayed in the ‘Sort by’ drop-down list.
Here we want to sort by ‘Date of Birth’, so we’ll select this option and move on to the next step.
Now, in the section ‘Order’, we can choose which way we want to sort the dates – ‘Oldest to Newest’ or ‘Newest to Oldest’.
Let’s click on ‘Oldest to Newest’ and confirm with OK.
As you can see, all the dates have now been sorted, starting with the oldest one – just as we wanted.
If you need to sort the dates the other way round, you can follow the same procedure, just select the option ‘Newest to Oldest’ in the last step.
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