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How to get last name from A Column to copy to B column

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    How to get last name from A Column to copy to B column

    Abraham Lincoln Lincoln
    Alexander Hamilton Hamilton
    George Washington Washington

    I have a list of first and last name in column A. But I need to sort them alphabetically by last name. My best idea was to copy the last name into another column and sort alphabetically by that column. How can I automate this using a Macro or VBA? I'm a student at UCF with medium knowledge of Excel.

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    Maybe this UDF

    Enter this in a module

    http://www.contextures.com/xlvba01.html#Regular

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    then this in B1 and drag down
    =lastword(A1)

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    Hello rd12345,

    Here is a macro that will separate the last names and place them in column "B". The names are then sorted in A to Z order. Run the macro by using ALT+F8 to display the Macro Dialog List and select SortByLastName
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    Adding the Macro
    1. Copy the macro above pressing the keys CTRL+C
    2. Open your workbook
    3. Right Click on any Sheet's tab
    4. Left Click on View Code in the pop up menu
    5. Press the keys ALT+I to activate the Insert menu
    6. Press M to insert a Standard Module
    7. Paste the code by pressing the keys CTRL+V
    8. Make any custom changes you need to the macro
    9. Save the Macro by pressing the keys CTRL+S

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    Yes, Elvis is alive! Your idea worked. You are a lifesaver. You have saved me so much time. Thanks a million

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    without going down the vba macro route for names in the format
    xxxxx yyyyyy in column a, try in b1 =MID(A1,(FIND(" ",A1)+1),50)
    if the surname is longer than 50 letters i'll eat my hat!

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    But with this format it would be

    =RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,FIND(" ",A1,1)+1))

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