Sort data using a custom list. Filter data in a range or table. Excel is an amazing tool for analyzing data. And Sort and Filter are some of the most commonly used features to help you do this. To change the order of your data, you'll want to sort it.

To filter data: Begin with a worksheet that identifies each column using a header row. ... Select the Data tab, then locate the Sort & Filter group. Click the Filter command. ... Drop-down arrows will appear in the header of each column. Click the drop-down arrow for the column you want to filter. ... The Filter menu appears.

Excel allows you to search for data that contains an exact phrase, number, date, and more. In our example, we'll use this feature to show only Saris brand products in our equipment log. Select the Data tab, then click the Filter command. A drop-down arrow will appear in the header cell for each column.

Filtering data in a spreadsheet means to set conditions so that only certain data is displayed. It is done to make it easier to focus on specific information in a large dataset or table of data.

Sorting Dates by Month Select the cells in column B (assuming that column B contains the birthdates). Choose Cells from the Format menu. ... Make sure the Number tab is displayed. ... In the Category list, choose Custom. In the Type box, enter four lowercase Ms (mmmm) for the format. Click on OK. ... Select your entire list.

Insert a blank column next to your Date column. Assuming your first date is in cell A4, in the blank column, enter the formula: = TEXT( A4," MMDD") Copy this formula down to the bottom of your data. Sort your data on this column.

To create a custom sort: Select a cell in the column you want to sort by. ... Select the Data tab, then click the Sort command. ... The Sort dialog box will appear. ... The Custom Lists dialog box will appear. ... Type the items in the desired custom order in the List entries: box. ... Click Add to save the new sort order.