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    Sort Letter Number

    Hello
    I don't know how to sort an letter with numbers. I need to create a sequence of these audio tapes from number to the end
    Example
    t100-panel.mp3
    t101-kashouty-haynes.mp3
    t102-haynes.mp3
    t103-hayes-meherwan.mp3
    t104-stevnes.mp3
    t10-gim-mcgraw.mp3
    t10-gim-mcgraw-alt.mp3
    t10-gim-mcgraw-fin.mp3
    t11-gim-mcgraw.mp3
    t11-gim-mcgraw-fin.mp3
    t11-gim-mcgraw-fin_01.mp3
    t12-v-small.mp3
    t139-hopkinson.mp3
    t13-lud-dimpfl.mp3
    t140-filis.mp3
    t23-adi dubash-a-cohen.mp3
    t23-side-b-adi-dubash-minoo-kharas.mp3
    t23-side-b-allan-cohen.mp3
    t24-a-cohen.mp3
    t24-side-a-allan-cohen.mp3
    t24-side-b-bill-lepage.mp3
    t25-dubash-abzar.mp3
    t25-rhoda-dubash-side-a.mp3
    t25-side-b-naosherwan-anzar.mp3

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    Re: Sort Letter Number

    1. In Cell B1 enter this formula =SUBSTITUTE(A1, "-", "|", 1) and copy down
    2. Highlight column B and copy and then paste special Values back onto Column B. This allows you then split column by the "|" (Pipe) delimeter.
    3. Highlight Column B, On the Data Tab, Text to Columns. Delimeter is "|". Finish with data starting in Column B
    4. Insert a new column C so you have an empty column
    5. Highlight column B and Data Tab, Text to column. Fixed Width, Make it one so that the T separates from the number
    6. Now Highlight the whole range starting with Cell A1.
    7. On the Data Tab, select Sort, Select Column C and select smallest to largest
    8. Delete all columns except Column A.

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    Re: Sort Letter Number

    It would be a lot easier if you were able to arrange the same number of digits after the initial "t", by inserting leading zeros, so that t100... would remain the same whereas t10... and t23... would become t010... and t023... respectively. If you could do that then they would sort without problems.

    If you can't do that then you would need to extract the numeric part (i.e. after the t and before the first hyphen) into an adjacent cell, and then you could sort both columns using that number as the sort field.

    Hope this helps.

    Pete

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