Sort Dates in Excel Spreadsheet


I am trying to use the custom list function to sort a range of dates in a spreadsheet. The dates are formatted as dd/mm/yyyy. However I must be missing somthing as they are sorting in day and not month.

Is there a quicker way of doing this?

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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:

are the dates really dates? This sounds as if you're sorting text that LOOKS like dates. You will need to transform the text into real dates for a chronological sort.

Can you post a data sample? What regional settings are you using?

cheers, teylyn
It indeed sounds like you need to change the date fields from text into a real date.
A solution that always works is the following:
Enter number 1 in a free cell.
Copy that number.
Select the date column.
Right click your selection and choose Paste Special.
Then choose Values, and the Divide operation.
Click Ok.
Your dates will now be formatted as real dates (in fact dates are numbers, as dates in excel correspond to a number). Sorting will work as it should.


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SerinaStarAuthor Commented:
Ah you are right....sorry I didn't even think of that. Your advise works perfectly. Thanks very much :)
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