Notice data is sorted in ascending order (A-Z) by default.
How this formula works
The SORT function requires very little configuration. In the example shown, we want to sort data in B5:D14 by the third column, Group. For array, we provide entire range, B5:D14. For sort_index, we provide 3:
With this formula in F5, the SORT function outputs the sorted array in F5:H14.
Ascending vs. Descending
Data is sorted in ascending order (A-Z) by default. This behavior is controlled by an optional third argument, sort_order. The default value for sort_order is 1, so both formulas below return the same result as shown in the example above:
Note: This function is a new "Dynamic Array Function" in Excel. It is a beta feature available only through the Office Insiders program. Dynamic Array functions are expected to be released in 2019 to Office 365 subscribers.
The Excel SORT function sorts the contents of a range or array. Values can be sorted by one or more columns. SORT returns a dynamic array of results.
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