#### Help with sorting..

```Hi guys, first time here, hope someone can help.

I had a sheet that had names entered in column A, going in order of
surname, eg:
Simon Allison
James Baker
Tessa Cunningham
etc...

I messed up a sort and then sorted by column A again to get it back in
alphabetical order, forgetting it would sort by the first names! So now

James Baker
Simon Allison
Tessa Cunningham.

Does anyone know how i can sort it back by the second word in Column
A??

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```I'm afraid, you have to create a helper column to reverse the order of first
names and surnames with this formula:
=MID(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)+1,99)&LEFT(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)-1)
fill it down as necessary, and sort by this helper column

Take care! this formula works only if there is two words separated by one
space. In a more complicated case you need a more complicated formula!

Regards,
Stefi

„johncu” ezt írta:

>
> Hi guys, first time here, hope someone can help.
>
> I had a sheet that had names entered in column A, going in order of
> surname, eg:
> Simon Allison
> James Baker
> Tessa Cunningham
> etc...
>
> I messed up a sort and then sorted by column A again to get it back in
> alphabetical order, forgetting it would sort by the first names! So now
>
> James Baker
> Simon Allison
> Tessa Cunningham.
>
> Does anyone know how i can sort it back by the second word in Column
> A??
>
>
> --
> johncu
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> johncu's Profile: http://www.excelforum.com/member.php?action=getinfo&userid=27908
>
>
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Stefi (275)
10/7/2005 8:50:04 AM
```Highlight the name column and split it into two columns (selecting
data>text to columns). Choose delimited data and select 'space' as the
delimiter.

Sort both columns by surname and then merge the two back together
(Although I'd leave them separate to avoid the same problem).

Garry

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