#### Can't sort column of SUM values

```I'm having a strange data sorting problem where my table won't sort a
column of values that are SUMs of other columns.

For example, the formula in Row 2 in the sorting column H is:
= SUM (A2, C2, F2, G2)

When I do the sort of Col H, most of the numbers are in the right
order, some of the sums are out of order. Not sure if it's just a
coincidence, but it seems only the 11 sums that seem to get mis-
sorted.

55
52
25
23
11
15
12
11
0
0
0
0
11
11
0
0
0

Anyone have any idea why this is happening?!

Thanks.

John

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robotman (32)
8/24/2007 4:28:33 PM
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```If you're just sorting that column, maybe you can convert it to values first.
Or copy the values to column I and sort both columns by column I.

Or you could select the whole range (A2:Hxx???) and sort by column G???

robotman wrote:
>
> I'm having a strange data sorting problem where my table won't sort a
> column of values that are SUMs of other columns.
>
> For example, the formula in Row 2 in the sorting column H is:
> = SUM (A2, C2, F2, G2)
>
> When I do the sort of Col H, most of the numbers are in the right
> order, some of the sums are out of order. Not sure if it's just a
> coincidence, but it seems only the 11 sums that seem to get mis-
> sorted.
>
> 55
> 52
> 25
> 23
> 11
> 15
> 12
> 11
> 0
> 0
> 0
> 0
> 11
> 11
> 0
> 0
> 0
>
> Anyone have any idea why this is happening?!
>
> Thanks.
>
> John

--

Dave Peterson
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petersod (12004)
8/24/2007 5:53:41 PM
```Since the table will be updated frequently, I don't want to do a copy
and paste special -> values every time I want to sort the table
(although that does work).

I've also tried summing the entire range, i.e. H2 is =SUM(A2:G2), and
then sorting Col H, but that doesn't solve the problem.

Any other ideas why the table won't sort correctly when sorting by
this column of SUMs?

Thanks...

```
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robotman (32)
8/24/2007 10:49:49 PM
```When I selected A2:G(whatever), then sorted by column G, it worked ok for me.

robotman wrote:
>
> Since the table will be updated frequently, I don't want to do a copy
> and paste special -> values every time I want to sort the table
> (although that does work).
>
> I've also tried summing the entire range, i.e. H2 is =SUM(A2:G2), and
> then sorting Col H, but that doesn't solve the problem.
>
> Any other ideas why the table won't sort correctly when sorting by
> this column of SUMs?
>
> Thanks...

--

Dave Peterson
```
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petersod (12004)
8/25/2007 12:02:32 AM
```How can you sort a column of *relative* formulas?

The cell references will change with the new location of the formulas!

You'll need *absolute* referencing (=SUM(\$A\$2,\$C\$2,\$F\$2,\$G\$2),
OR
Sort the *entire* datalist.
--
Regards,

RD

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"robotman" <robotman@gmail.com> wrote in message
> Since the table will be updated frequently, I don't want to do a copy
> and paste special -> values every time I want to sort the table
> (although that does work).
>
> I've also tried summing the entire range, i.e. H2 is =SUM(A2:G2), and
> then sorting Col H, but that doesn't solve the problem.
>
> Any other ideas why the table won't sort correctly when sorting by
> this column of SUMs?
>
> Thanks...
>

```
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ragdyer1 (4060)
8/25/2007 5:16:29 PM
```Do you have any blank rows in the data?

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jscallus (2)
8/26/2007 6:20:23 AM

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