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    sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    I have an Excel column of surnames. Is there any way of
    sorting the letters within each surname into alphabetical
    order, OTHER than by using left, mid and right functions
    to strip out the individual letters and then perform a
    sort on them. Thanks in advance. Bobf

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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    Bob,

    You need to strip them out as Sort has no substring facility in the key.

    Other than that you need VBA.

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    "bobf" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    > I have an Excel column of surnames. Is there any way of
    > sorting the letters within each surname into alphabetical
    > order, OTHER than by using left, mid and right functions
    > to strip out the individual letters and then perform a
    > sort on them. Thanks in advance. Bobf




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    Hi!

    Use Data > Text to columns. Set switch as fixed length and use length = 1
    This will expand the word to one letter per column which is sortable using Data > Sort > Options > Sort left to right.

    Alf

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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    You've been told how to split the data, but my question for you is, WHY do you
    want/need to do this?

    On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 00:37:17 -0800, "bobf"
    <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I have an Excel column of surnames. Is there any way of
    >sorting the letters within each surname into alphabetical
    >order, OTHER than by using left, mid and right functions
    >to strip out the individual letters and then perform a
    >sort on them. Thanks in advance. Bobf



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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    Myrna:

    Gosh! I've never felt so bold I could ask that...

    Alf


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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    I use this to sort variations on a phrase into groups (similar to the free online OpenRefine's "Facet").

    Sort letters.JPG

    Assuming your names are in column A, with a header in A1, then:
    • In cells B1 to AA1 type the lowercase alphabet (one letter per cell)
    • In B2 type =REPT(B$1,LEN(LOWER($A2))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LOWER($A2),B$1,"")))
    • Copy this formula across to AA2 and down the length of your name list
    • In AB1 type "Sorted Names" (or whatever)
    • In AB2 type =CONCATENATE(B2,C2,D2,E2,F2,G2,H2,I2,J2,K2,L2,M2,N2,O2,P2,Q2,R2,S2,T2,U2,V2,W2,X2,Y2,Z2,AA2)
    • Copy this formula down the length of your name list

    If you want to group the sorted names into groups:
    • Sort the table by column AB
    • In cell AC1 type "Groups"
    • In cell AC2 type =IF(COUNTIF($AB$2:AB2,AB2)=1,MAX($AC$1:AC1)+1,AC1)
    • Copy this formula down the length of your name list
    Last edited by gothic chicken; 07-22-2017 at 01:00 AM.
    There is always a better way.

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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    protonLeah,
    I've PM'd you about "Do not post a question ..."

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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    gothic chicken correct me if I am wrong, but it looks to me like you are offering a suggestion, not asking a question there (albeit in a thread that is over 12 years old)?
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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    That's correct FDibbins. I'm not sure why protonLeah posted what they did.
    I know the post is old, but I was looking for other answers to my version of "sorting letters in words into alphabetical order", and this post came up. I thought my method might help someone also - even 12 years from now!

    Quote Originally Posted by FDibbins View Post
    gothic chicken correct me if I am wrong, but it looks to me like you are offering a suggestion, not asking a question there (albeit in a thread that is over 12 years old)?

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    Re: sorting letters in words into alphabetical order

    Thank you for posting - quite OK in the circumstances, and will be really helpful once you have attached a sample workbook.
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