11-20-2018 08:30 AM
11-20-2018 08:30 AM
I have one spreadsheet with 2 columns and 555 rows - I have made sure I have no leading spaces, no hidden rows or columns, no filters -- I've attempted formatting as Text and as General -- but it will sort correctly a portion (to row 314) then a second section correctly sorted. I've tried everything I've seen suggested -- I've even cut the bottom section and inserted into the top section - resorted -- and it still split the data into two separate groups.
11-20-2018 09:55 AM
Not sure I understand your instructions -- unfamiliar with what LEN() is. Are you saying I must do this in every cell?
11-20-2018 10:10 AM
Nope, just one cell to test if it is really some invisible character here. If so, you may CLEAN() all cells into new column and sort on it. Or Ctrl+H such character if you find what is it.
Perhaps you may attach some sample file to test.
11-20-2018 10:14 AM
I tried it on a row that I had moved from the lower half to the upper half and then sorted -- it moved it back to the lower half. Sigh. Here is a small sample -from the bottom of the top section and the top of the bottom section.....
This post gave me an error when first posted: "Your post has been changed because invalid HTML was found....." -- could this mean it has hidden code?
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11-20-2018 10:31 AM
I see. However, you may copy your file, remove all sensitive information and keep only these few rows which were in your previous post. But as Excel file.
11-20-2018 10:56 AM
Sorry Sergei -- I know you're trying to help me -- but I don't have the time to copy the entire file, delete sensitive information on every row........my system will not allow me to upload or attach a file to something going out. I'd be better off spending my time recreating the spreadsheet. I appreciate your assistance.
11-20-2018 12:38 PMSolution
I played with the text in your post. Without Excel file not definitely sure, but most probably you have Unicode symbol Zero Width Space https://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/200b/index.htm at the front of some of your strings.
How to fix without formulas
Your source text sorted ascending looks like
In any empty cell, let say in D2, make reference on any cell with text in question, here is =A2. Next cell shows that string has 2 symbol length, even if we see only one. In F2 enter the formula =LEFT(D2,1) which extracts that Unicode symbol. Enter and Ctrl+C (copy) the cell.
After that press Ctrl+F to open Find window, click on Find what bar and paste the symbol by Ctrl+V. After that click Replace tab
and in it Replace All
(Please note, if you start with Ctrl+H, Find & Replace window, above doesn't work).
That removes Zero Width symbol in your sheet and in particular in D2 you see "normal text" with length as expected
Re-sort your table - it shall be in right order now.
Again, that's probable scenario, but I'm not sure without the Excel file.
01-11-2019 01:50 AM - edited 01-11-2019 01:52 AM
Maybe it's another Text sorting problem, but hey there is already a toppic here.
When I activate Datafilter I can choose for sorting on a column. (in this case all is text!)
Strangely enough text with - (minus-sign) within, sort first removes them to put them back after sorting?
Why? (I am using Office 365 / 2019)
01-11-2019 04:12 AM
I guess that's by design from very beginning - Excel ignores apostrophes (') and hyphens (-) when sorts.
The workaround could be to replace all hyphens CHAR(45) with symbol CHAR(196), don't know how it is called. For that select you range, Ctrl+H, minus in first bar and keeping pressed Alt type 196 on numpad, release Alt. It looks like
Next time please start new conversation with separate question - go to https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Excel/bd-p/ExcelGeneral and click Start a New Conversation button
01-13-2019 10:02 AM