#### Sorting Numbers with Multiple Decimals

```I am attempting to create a file system using excel that can be easily
searched and sorted by a number ie 1.3.12 or alphabetically.  At this time I
have entered the data as I would like it to appear if sorted by number,
however if I attempt to alphabetize I can not restore the numbers to their
proper order.

Currently I have only 3 columns.  One with numbers, one with file names, and
one with additional information.

For example

1	Office
1.1	Employees
1.1.1	Bob	Marketing
1.1.2	Dave	IT
…
1.1.12	Joe	Marketing
1.2	Equipment
1.2.1	Computers
….
12	Locations
12.1	USA
12.1.1	New York
12.1.1.1	New York	Primary
12.2	New Mexico
12.2.1	Albuquerque	Primary
…
12.2.15	California
12.2.15.1	L.A.	Secondary
…

Is there any way I can sort these alphabetically using the other two columns
and then get back to the proper numbering?  A question that seems to be
similar or related to this can be found here:

Thanks,
-Ian

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ian (162)
9/14/2005 11:22:02 PM
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```So you want to get your data back into the original order?

If yes, insert a few columns to the right of the number column.

Then select that column
Data|Text to columns
delimited
by a dot
General for each field

Now you can sort your data by those helper columns---

Or you could insert one more column and use a formula like:
=text(d1,"000.")&text(e1,"000.")&text(f1,"000.")&text(g1,"000")
or maybe
=SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(IF(D1="","",TEXT(D1,"000 "))&IF(E1="","",TEXT(E1,"000 "))
&IF(F1="","",TEXT(F1,"000 "))&IF(G1="","",TEXT(G1,"000 ")))," ",".")

(Then the dots will look nice.)

Then your outlining numbers will look like:

001.001.012.001

If you convert this column of formulas to values (edit|copy, edit|paste
special|values), you'll be able to sort it nicely.

Intern Ian wrote:
>
> I am attempting to create a file system using excel that can be easily
> searched and sorted by a number ie 1.3.12 or alphabetically.  At this time I
> have entered the data as I would like it to appear if sorted by number,
> however if I attempt to alphabetize I can not restore the numbers to their
> proper order.
>
> Currently I have only 3 columns.  One with numbers, one with file names, and
> one with additional information.
>
> For example
>
> 1       Office
> 1.1     Employees
> 1.1.1   Bob     Marketing
> 1.1.2   Dave    IT
> …
> 1.1.12  Joe     Marketing
> 1.2     Equipment
> 1.2.1   Computers
> ….
> 12      Locations
> 12.1    USA
> 12.1.1  New York
> 12.1.1.1        New York        Primary
> 12.2    New Mexico
> 12.2.1  Albuquerque     Primary
> …
> 12.2.15 California
> 12.2.15.1       L.A.    Secondary
> …
>
> Is there any way I can sort these alphabetically using the other two columns
> and then get back to the proper numbering?  A question that seems to be
> similar or related to this can be found here:
>
> Thanks,
> -Ian

--

Dave Peterson
```
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petersod (12004)
9/15/2005 12:32:47 AM
```Hi Ian,

Have a look at my spreadsheet sort_chapter.xls:
http://www.bplumhoff.de/software/sort_chapter.xls

HTH,
Bernd
```
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Utf
9/15/2005 9:02:01 AM
```On Wed, 14 Sep 2005 16:22:02 -0700, "Intern Ian" <Intern
Ian@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>I am attempting to create a file system using excel that can be easily
>searched and sorted by a number ie 1.3.12 or alphabetically.  At this time I
>have entered the data as I would like it to appear if sorted by number,
>however if I attempt to alphabetize I can not restore the numbers to their
>proper order.
>
>Currently I have only 3 columns.  One with numbers, one with file names, and
>one with additional information.
>
>For example
>
>1	Office
>1.1	Employees
>1.1.1	Bob	Marketing
>1.1.2	Dave	IT
>�
>1.1.12	Joe	Marketing
>1.2	Equipment
>1.2.1	Computers
>�.
>12	Locations
>12.1	USA
>12.1.1	New York
>12.1.1.1	New York	Primary
>12.2	New Mexico
>12.2.1	Albuquerque	Primary
>�
>12.2.15	California
>12.2.15.1	L.A.	Secondary
>�
>
>Is there any way I can sort these alphabetically using the other two columns
>and then get back to the proper numbering?  A question that seems to be
>similar or related to this can be found here:
>
>Thanks,
>-Ian

Although I'm sure this can be done with worksheet functions, I found it
relatively simple to do using a VBA UDF (user defined function).

The "trick" is to transform the outline number appropriately, so that when
sorted it will give you the result you want.  You then put that number in an
adjacent column to your table, and sort on that column.  When done, you can
delete the column.

To enter the UDF, <alt><F11> opens the VB editor.  Ensure your project is
highlighted in the project explorer window, then Insert/Module and paste the
code below into the window that opens.

Be sure to note the MaxNum constant which is the Maximum Number of outline
sublevels you might have.  In your example, you showed four, so that is what I
used. In addition, I have assumed that the maximum number of levels within each
sublevel is 99.

In a column adjacent to your table, enter the formula:
=combine(cell_ref)  (where cell_ref is the outline number)
and copy/drag down as far as needed.

Then sort on this new column (ascending).

=================================
Function combine(rg As Range) As Double
Const dot As String = "."
Const NullString As String = ""
Const MaxLevels As Long = 4 'Maximum number of levels
Const MaxSubLevels = 99 'Maximum number of sublevels in each level; must be
10^x-1
Dim i As Long
Dim temp

temp = Split(rg.Text, dot)

For i = 0 To UBound(temp)
combine = combine + temp(i) * 10 ^ (((MaxLevels - 1) - i) _
* Log(MaxSubLevels + 1) / Log(10))
Next i

End Function
==================================

HTH,

--ron
```
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ronrosenfeld (3122)
9/15/2005 7:14:50 PM
```Unfortunately I don't really understand how to use Excel's Visual Basic
function.  I have entered the code you provided into a Module and saved it,
however I am still having trouble.

1) I don’t think I understand what an outline number is.  Could you give me
an example?  I have been entering something like this:  =combine(A2).

2) Regardless of what I put into the combine function, it says there is a
syntax error and highlights the first line of code.

I am working with Microsoft Office Excel 2003 (11.6355.6408) SP1 if that
makes any difference.

Also, I actually have up to 8 numbers separated by decimals, however I
expect I can change that by simply changing “Const MaxLevels As Long = 4” to
” =8” ?

Thank you very much for your help.

> To enter the UDF, <alt><F11> opens the VB editor.  Ensure your project is
> highlighted in the project explorer window, then Insert/Module and paste the
> code below into the window that opens.
>
> Be sure to note the MaxNum constant which is the Maximum Number of outline
> sublevels you might have.  In your example, you showed four, so that is what I
> used. In addition, I have assumed that the maximum number of levels within each
> sublevel is 99.
>
> In a column adjacent to your table, enter the formula:
> 	=combine(cell_ref)  (where cell_ref is the outline number)
> and copy/drag down as far as needed.
>
> Then sort on this new column (ascending).
>
> =================================
> Function combine(rg As Range) As Double
> Const dot As String = "."
> Const NullString As String = ""
> Const MaxLevels As Long = 4 'Maximum number of levels
> Const MaxSubLevels = 99 'Maximum number of sublevels in each level; must be
> 10^x-1
> Dim i As Long
> Dim temp
>
> temp = Split(rg.Text, dot)
>
> For i = 0 To UBound(temp)
>     combine = combine + temp(i) * 10 ^ (((MaxLevels - 1) - i) _
>         * Log(MaxSubLevels + 1) / Log(10))
> Next i
>
> End Function
> ==================================
>
> HTH,
>
> --ron
>

```
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InternIan (4)
9/16/2005 11:27:45 PM

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