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    Function to sort text values in one column into another column

    I have a column where each row has text or is blank. I need a function that can sort those values into a 2nd column in ascending order of text. I thought Small(array,k) would work but it doesnít for text. And I canít find any function or combination of functions to do that. I need to do this without a user having to invoke the Excel sort.

    So if a column has

    ZZ
    AA
    blank
    FF
    DD
    blank
    blank
    CC

    I would want to end up with
    blank
    blank
    blank
    AA
    CC
    DD
    FF
    ZZ

    I have a combination of functions that will let me pull just the text from that column into a 3rd column to end up with only value sorted text

    Thanks for any help/suggestions

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    Re: Function to sort text values in one column into another column

    I did it with helper columns, but I'm sure there's a way to truncate the steps:

    Assuming your data runs A2:A9:

    B2: =SUMPRODUCT((A2>$A$2:$A$9)+1)
    C2: =RANK(B2,$B$2:$B$9,1)+COUNTIF($B$2:B2,B2)-1
    E2: =ROW(A1)
    F2: =IF(INDEX($A$2:$A$9,MATCH(E2,$C$2:$C$9,0))=0,"",INDEX($A$2:$A$9,MATCH(E2,$C$2:$C$9,0)))

    and copy all 4 formulas downwards

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    Re: Function to sort text values in one column into another column

    Thank you, that combination of functions does the trick. Didn't realize one could use sumproduct for that. Very helpfull.

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    Re: Function to sort text values in one column into another column

    Glad I could help out. SUMPRODUCT is a real gem!

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