sorting decmials

Porknar

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Is there a way to sort the following:


20.1
20.2
20.10
20.20

as of now it sort these as

20.1
20.10
20.2
20.20

Thanks,
Darrell
 

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njimack

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Apart from the formatting, is there any difference between 20.1 and 20.10?
 

kpark91

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there's a zero at the end for 20.10 and 20.1 has nothing in the hundredth place..

If it is in text formatting, making a vb code to temporarily change the string into numbers and sorting them wouldn't be an useless idea.
 

mikerickson

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Porknar,

Is the text formmating something that you are want or is it something that you are given and have to put up with? i.e. do you (and the use to which you are putting these numbers) think that 2.10 = 2.1 ?

If so, it would probably pay off in the long run, the data was converted from text formatting to general. TextToColumns is a quick way to do that.
 

Porknar

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Porknar,

Is the text formmating something that you are want or is it something that you are given and have to put up with? i.e. do you (and the use to which you are putting these numbers) think that 2.10 = 2.1 ?

If so, it would probably pay off in the long run, the data was converted from text formatting to general. TextToColumns is a quick way to do that.

I understand that 2.10 = 2.1, I want to sort as two point 1 and two point ten.

I can format it either way text or general. Will using general allow me to sort in the manner I want?
 

mikerickson

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Getting those out of text format and into General (with numeric entries) will sort them properly.

But after being sorted, you won't be able to tell which was 2.1 and which was 2.10 at the start of it all.

Let me put it another way.
If your original (two columns) data is
3.2 A
2.1 B
1.56 C
2.10 D
convert to numbers and sort will result in
1.56 C
2.1 B
2.1 D
3.2 A

If your original (two columns) data is
3.2 A
2.10 B
1.56 C
2.1 D
convert to numbers and sort will result in
1.56 C
2.1 B
2.1 D
3.2 A

Note that the order of (original data) 2.1 and 2.10 are not changed by "convert to number and sort".
 
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