How many times have you entered a list of names, first and last name in the same column, like this:
Joe Smith Margaret Howard Sherry Anderson Michael Wilson Meredith Morgan and so on…
…only to find that you need to alphabetize the list by last name. Do you have to re-enter the entire list so that the last name appears first? Here's a quick method for sorting a list like the one above by last name.
The process involves separating the text into two columns, one for the first name and one for the last name. Once you have sorted all the columns by the last name column, you can remove the first name and last name columns so only the column with the combined names remains.
Assume the list of names (first and last names combined) resides in column A of your worksheet, beginning in row 1.
Step 1: In Row 1 of Column B, enter this formula including a space between the quotation marks: =LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1))
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