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Excel 2010 - Sorting by Colors - What is the Color Hierarchy?

Posted on 2011-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Which colors come first in sorting hierarchy? second? third?  etc.
I'm trying to understand the logic if I have six colors to sort by.  I can only apparently choose the FIRST color or LAST.
Question by:brothertruffle880
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jppinto earned 250 total points
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I guess that the order is the color palette number that you can see here:


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redmondb earned 250 total points
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As I understand, there is no hierarchy - you must provide it yourself.

With the Sort dialog displayed...
 (1) Add levels for as many colors as you want to sort.
 (2)  For each level, change "Sort On" from "Values" to one of the color options (e.g. "Cell Color") and, for "Order", select the required color.

(As long as the colors are specified in the sequence you want, then you should leave "On Top" alone.)

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FWIW, be careful - from 2007 onwards the old Excel palette approach was completely overhauled.


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