05-03-2020 10:03 AM
05-03-2020 10:03 AM
I have a problem with my Excel spreadsheet where I do not get an option to sort numerically in descending order - largest to smallest. I only get an option to sort alphabetically. The cell values are either blank or numeric. Each cell is using the following formula - =IFERROR(VLOOKUP($P10, May3List, 6, FALSE), “”).
05-03-2020 11:01 AM
@RohitNaval Then I suspect that your "numbers" are in fact texts. What do you get when you enter =ISNUMBER(<cell reference>) where the cell reference is a cell where you have the number? FALSE? Then it's not a number. If not, perhaps you can upload an example of your schedule.
05-03-2020 11:41 AM - edited 05-03-2020 12:01 PM
In addition, you don't have blank cells, you have cells with empty texts returned by =IFERROR(...,""). As soon as we have texts within the range, even empty, Excel suggests to sort alphabetically. With =IFERROR(...,0) most probably that will be numeric sorting.
05-03-2020 11:52 AM
05-03-2020 11:55 AM
@Sergei Baklan That is exactly what's happening. Most of the cells are empty and Excel is defaulting to sort alphabetically. Any way to change that sort option to numeric?
I did change the IFERROR formula from "" to 0 and now the sort works numerically. However I have so many zeros showing now.
05-03-2020 12:01 PM
You may hide zeroes through settings or by custom number format, here is how https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/pro-tip-three-ways-to-hide-zero-values-in-an-ex...
05-03-2020 12:23 PM - edited 05-03-2020 12:29 PM
While I have you, when a cell shows a green flag in the upper left corner, what does that indicate and how do I get rid of it? I have to manually get rid of it by selecting 'ignore error'.
05-03-2020 12:41 PM
Green "flag" is usually when one of this error appears if your settings are ON
You may switch above settings off, but I'd not recommend. You may select at once all such cells and ignore if that's only alert or correct if these are actually errors.