To do analysis or to keep numbers in order, **Sorting** is important. In Excel, there are a couple of ways to **Sort **numbers. There are two possible ways to **Sort** numbers: one is **Smallest to Largest**, and another is vice versa. In this article, I’m going to explain how to perform Excel **Sort **numbers.

To make the explanation understandable, I’m going to use a sample dataset that contains the salary information of a particular employee. The data has **3 **columns; these are ** Employee Name**,

**, and**

*Region***.**

*Salary*

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**8 Ways to Sort Numbers in Excel **

### 1. Sort Numbers from Smallest to Largest in Excel

You can **Sort** the numbers from **Smallest to Largest** using the **ribbon **feature.

Let me demonstrate to you the procedure,

To begin with, select the cell range that contains **numbers**.

➤ I selected the cell range **D4:D13**.

Open the **Home** tab >> go to **Editing** >> from **Sort & Filter** >> select **Sort Smallest to Largest**

A **dialog box** will pop up. From there select **What do you want to do?**

In **What do you want to do?** There have two options one is “**Expand the selection” **another is “**Continue with the current solution”**.**➤ Expand the selection** means it will **sort** the numbers along with their adjacent cell values which will maintain the relationship between cells.**➤ Continue with the current solution** means it will only **sort** the numbers the adjacent values won’t change it will remain as it is. The problem is it will change the number’s position for that reason it may be lost its relation to its adjacent cell.

⏩ As I want to maintain the relationship, I selected the option **Expand the selection**.

Then, click on **Sort**.

Hence, it will **Sort **the numbers in **Smallest to Largest **order along with the adjacent cell values.

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**2. Sort Numbers from Largest to Smallest in Excel**

If you want, you can **Sort** the numbers from **Largest to Smallest **using the **ribbon **feature.

To start with, select the cell range that contains **numbers**.

➤ I selected the cell range **D4:D13**.

Open the **Home** tab >> go to **Editing** >> from **Sort & Filter** >> select **Sort Largest to Smallest**

A **dialog box** will pop up. From there select **What do you want to do?**

⏩ I selected the option **Expand the selection**.

Then, click on **Sort**.

Therefore, it will **Sort **the numbers in **Largest to Smallest **order along with the adjacent cell values.

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**3. Sort Numbers Based on Criteria in Excel **

In case you want to **Sort** numbers based on criteria you can do it by using the **Custom Sort** feature.

To begin with, select the cell range that contains **numbers**.

➤ I selected the cell range **D4:D13**.

Open the **Home** tab >> go to **Editing** >> from **Sort & Filter** >> select **Custom Sort **

A **dialog box** will pop up. From there select **What do you want to do?**

⏩ I selected the option **Expand the selection**.

Then, click on **Sort**.

Another **dialog box** will pop up. From there click on **Add Level**

In **Sort by** select the **Column **name based on which you want to **Sort** your **numbers**.

In **Then by** select the **Column** which contains the **numbers**.

⏩ I selected the **Region** column in **Sort by** and in **Order** selected **A to Z**.

⏩ I selected the **Salary($)** column in **Then by** and in **Order** selected **Smallest to Largest**.

Then, click on **OK**.

As a result, it will **Sort** the numbers based on the **Region **column with the order **Smallest to Largest**. Here, each **Region **will contain the **smallest **and **largest** values.

If you want, you can **Sort** numbers based on criteria from **Largest to Smallest**. To do so follow the steps I explained earlier.

⏩ I selected the **Region** column in **Sort by** and in **Order** selected **A to Z**.

⏩ I selected the **Salary($)** column in **Then by** and in **Order** selected **Largest to Smallest**.

Then, click on **OK**.

Hence, it will **Sort** the numbers based on the **Region **column with the order **Largest to Smallest**. Here, each **Region **will contain the **largest **and the **smallest **values.

*If you want, you can use the Sort command from the Data tab to use the Custom Sort.*

*Open Data tab >> select Sort it will open the dialog box to apply the custom sort.*

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**4. Using Excel Formula to Sort Numbers in Ascending Order**

If you only want to **Sort **numbers in an **Ascending (Smallest to Largest)** order, then you can use the **SMALL **function and the **ROWS** function together.

Here, If you want you can use the entire number range with **absolute reference** or you can **name **the cell range of numbers you are going to use.

I **named** the range **D4:D13 **as **data_1**.

To begin with, select any cell to place the resultant value.

➤ I selected cell **F4**.

⏩ In cell **F4** type the following formula.

`=SMALL(data_1,ROWS($D$4:D4))`

Here, in the **SMALL** function, I used the **named range data_1** as an **array **and **ROWS($D$4:D4)** as **k **(it is the position in a range of data that starts from the smallest).

Then, in the **ROWS **function, I selected the range **$D$4:D4** as an **array **that will return the position. Here, I used **absolute reference **so that I can use it for the remaining cells.

Now, the **SMALL **function will extract the **Smallest** number from the given range of data.

Press **ENTER** then you will get the **Smallest **number from the used **named range**.

⏩ You can use the **Fill Handle** to **AutoFill** the formula for the rest of the cells.

Here, all the numbers are **Sorted in Ascending order.**

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**5. Using Excel Formula to Sort Numbers in Descending Order**

Similar to the previous section, we can use the **LARGE** function and the **ROWS** function to **Sort** the numbers, but this time the functions will sort in **Descending **order.

Here, I **named** the range **D4:D13 **as **data_2**.

To start with, select any cell to place the resultant value.

➤ I selected cell **F4**.

⏩ In cell **F4** type the following formula.

`=LARGE(data_2,ROWS($D$4:D4))`

Here, in the **LARGE** function, I used the **named range data_2** as an **array **and **ROWS($D$4:D4)** as **k **(it is the position in a range of data that starts from the largest).

Then, in the **ROWS **function, I selected the range **$D$4:D4** as an **array **that will return the position.

Now, the **LARGE **function will extract the **Largest** number from the given range of data.

Press **ENTER** then you will get the **Largest **number from the used **named range**.

⏩ You can use the **Fill Handle** to **AutoFill** the formula for the rest of the cells.

Here, all the numbers are **Sorted** in **Descending **order.

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**6. Sort Numbers Using Excel Context Menu**

If you want, you can **Sort** numbers using the **context menu**.

To demonstrate the procedure, I’m going to use the dataset given below where I added two columns one is **Tax to Pay**, and another is **Tax Percentage** to show you how different** Number Formats** works while **Sorting**.

To begin with, select the cell range from which you want to **Sort** the **numbers**.

➤ I selected the cell range **F4:F13**.

Now, **right click on the mouse** then from **Sort** >> select **Sort Largest to Smallest**

A **dialog box** will pop up. From there select **What do you want to do?**

⏩ I selected the option **Expand the selection**.

Then, click on **Sort**.

Hence, it will **Sort** the numbers in **Largest to Smallest** order along with the adjacent cells’ values.

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**7. Using A→Z Command to Sort Numbers Smallest to Largest**

From the **Data **tab, you also can **Sort** numbers using the sorting command **A→Z**. It will sort the numbers from **Smallest to Largest**.

To start with, select the cell range that contains **numbers**.

➤ I selected the cell range **D4:D13**.

Open the **Data** tab >> select **A→Z**

A **dialog box** will pop up. From there select **What do you want to do?**

⏩ I selected the option **Expand the selection**.

Then, click on **Sort**.

Hence, it will **Sort **the numbers in **Smallest to Largest **order along with the adjacent cell values.

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**8. Using Z→A Command to Sort Numbers Largest to Smallest**

By using the **Z→A** command you can **Sort** the numbers from **Largest to Smallest**.

To start with, select the cell range that contains **numbers**.

➤ I selected the cell range **D4:D13**.

Open the **Data** tab >> select **Z→A**

A **dialog box** will pop up. From there select **What do you want to do?**

⏩ I selected the option **Expand the selection**.

Then, click on **Sort**.

Therefore, it will **Sort **the numbers in **Largest to Smallest **order along with the adjacent cell values.

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**Things to Remember**

🔺 While using **Custom Sorting **remember to check the **My data has headers **option.

🔺 If you don’t want to change shuffle your data then you will need to select the **Expand the selection** option.

**Practice Section**

I’ve provided a practice sheet to practice the explained methods.

**Conclusion**

In this article, I have shown 8 ways Excel **Sort **numbers. These ways will help you to remove **Sort** numbers easily based on your requirements. Feel free to comment down below for any types of queries and suggestions.