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I have a spreadsheet set up with essentially multiple headers and then specific item data grouped underneath it, then specific sale data grouped under the item data. An example:
A              B C D E (merged)    F                G              H           I                    J                K                   L

Picture -- Mudd Skinny Jeans -- Clothing -- Jeans -- Juniors -- Any Season -- eBay -- IN STOCK
^^^^ this would be the "header" row
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 3 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 5 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 7 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
        Transaction Incomplete/Complete -- Date/Time Sold -- Payment Method -- Pay Date -- Ship Date

Picture -- Aeropostale Jeans -- Clothing -- Jeans -- Juniors -- Any Season -- eBay -- IN STOCK
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 3 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 5 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 7 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
        Transaction Incomplete/Complete -- Date/Time Sold -- Payment Method -- Pay Date -- Ship Date

I need to sort by the "header" columns and have the rest of the information follow behind it without getting it mixed up. I've tried everything, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. If you need a sample sheet or anything let me know.   sample.xls
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by:ceefor
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I went ahead and included the sheet so you have a better idea of what I'm talking about. Refer to the SAMPLE spreadsheet how the stuff is grouped.
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What are you trying to sort, exactly?  Could you generate a result so I can better understand?

I created tables in each section, so you can use the filters and also click on a header's filter to sort, and it will only sort within that table.

Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but giving it a shot :)

Dave
sample-r1.xls
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I'm not so sure what I was really trying for was/is even possible, maybe in future excels. I was trying to filter by say (in the bold) Clothing, Jeans, Juniors, Season and the In stock / sold out column, without getting the data that follows behind it mixed up.

Example, when I sort it and maximize the top group

Picture -- Mudd Skinny Jeans -- Clothing -- Jeans -- Juniors -- Any Season -- eBay -- IN STOCK
T-shirt -- Regular  -- Sz M -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
T-shirt -- Regular  -- Sz M -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
T-shirt -- Regular  -- Sz M -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --

The information below it gets mixed up

instead of

Picture -- Mudd Skinny Jeans -- Clothing -- Jeans -- Juniors -- Any Season -- eBay -- IN STOCK
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 3 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 5 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
Jeans  -- Skinny  -- Sz 7 -- Brand -- Color -- Measurement -- Measurement --
        Transaction Incomplete/Complete -- Date/Time Sold -- Payment Method -- Pay Date -- Ship Date

 I'm not an expert on the program but I catch on really quick and always refer to FAQ's and Excel help so I'm actually thinking its just not really possible in the exact way I want. But your solution as said in the original post is greatly appreciated and I thank you!
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