How to sort month?

RichardDK

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From a date column (MM/DD/YY), how can I sort by month instead of by the order of the date?
 

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Mark W.

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What's the difference? Date order places the list in Month order... unless you have different years in your list.
 

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If your list consists of multiple years format your date values as "mmm", choose the Data | Sort... menu command, click on [ Options... ], and choose "Jan, Feb, Mar..." as your sort key.
 

RichardDK

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Unfortunately, it is stored as serial number e.g. 11,720.

From an employee birth-date spreadsheet, I want to sort and find out which employee is having a birthday in November.

Can it be done?
 

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Say the dates you want to sort are on col.A

In B2 type and copy down

=MONTH(A2)

Then you can sort on this new column or use an autofilter to view your results
 

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On 2002-10-16 13:57, RichardDK wrote:
Unfortunately, it is stored as serial number e.g. 11,720.

From an employee birth-date spreadsheet, I want to sort and find out which employee is having a birthday in November.

Can it be done?


Hmmm... I could have sworn that you said they were in MM/DD/YY format. :p So why can't you format as Text and sort on these values directly? Can you provide some sample data illustrating your difficulty?

Note: You'd need to apply the Text formatting using the Text To Columns Wizard.
This message was edited by Mark W. on 2002-10-16 14:15
 

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On 2002-10-16 14:03, paliman wrote:
Say the dates you want to sort are on col.A

In B2 type and copy down

=MONTH(A2)

Then you can sort on this new column or use an autofilter to view your results

If A2 contained 11,720 or "11,720" your formula, =MONTH(A2), would give you the month for February 1, 1932.
 

paliman

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It works for me. I have this column with general format and =MONTH(A2) gives me a 2 for 11720, which corresponds to february. I also got a 2 for 28157 (feb 1, 1977), and so on.
 

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Yes, and so does my original reply...

If your list consists of multiple years format your date values as "mmm", choose the Data | Sort... menu command, click on [ Options... ], and choose "Jan, Feb, Mar..." as your sort key.

...and, no formulas are needed.
 

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