How to Alphabetize in Google Docs


This wikiHow teaches you how to sort a list of information in alphabetical order in Google Docs and Google Sheets. Alphabetizing in Google Docs will require you to install a Google add-on, meaning that you can only alphabetize on a computer. You can alphabetize Google Sheets documents from within the spreadsheet's settings, which is possible on both desktop and mobile versions of Google Sheets.

Part 1
Using Google Docs

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Go to in your preferred browser. If you aren't logged into your Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in with your Google email address and password first.

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Click the document that you want to alphabetize. You may have to scroll down to find it. If you haven't yet created the document that you want to edit, first click Blank and then enter the data you want to alphabetize before proceeding.

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It's near the top of the page. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.

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This option is in the drop-down menu. A new window will open.

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Click the search bar in the top-right corner of the window, type in sorted paragraphs, and press ↵ Enter. This will bring up the Sorted Paragraphs add-on page.

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This blue button is in the upper-right corner of the Sorted Paragraphs page. You should see a new window open.

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Click the account you're currently using with Google Docs.

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It's in the bottom-right side of the window. This will grant Sorted Paragraphs access to your Google Docs data and add it to your Google Docs Add-ons folder.

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Click and drag your mouse across the text or list that you want to alphabetize. This will highlight the text.

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It's a tab at the top of the page. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.

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You'll see this option in the Add-ons drop-down menu. Doing so will prompt a pop-out menu to appear.

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This option is at the top of the pop-out menu. Doing so will sort your selected information in alphabetical order.

Part 2
Using Google Sheets on Desktop

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Go to in your browser. This will open a list of your Google spreadsheets if you're logged into your Google account. If you aren't logged into your Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in with your Google email address and password first.

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Click the Google spreadsheet that you want to edit. You may have to scroll down to find the right one. If you haven't yet created the spreadsheet that you want to alphabetize, first click Blank and then enter your data before continuing.

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Click the top cell in your data's column, then drag the mouse down to the last full cell in that column. This will highlight the data in this column. You can only sort one column at a time if you don't want to rearrange other parts of the spreadsheet to correlate with your rearranged column.

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It's near the top of the page. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.

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Click one of the following options: Sort range by column [Letter], A → Z - Sorts your selected data into alphabetical order, but leaves the rest of the spreadsheet as it is. Sort sheet by column [Letter], A → Z - Sorts your column in alphabetical order and adjusts the rest of the spreadsheet to correlate with the re-sorted data.

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Your selected data should now be rearranged into alphabetical order. If you don't like the results or you accidentally clicked the wrong option, press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or ⌘ Command+Z (Mac) to undo the sorting.

Part 3
Using Google Sheets on Mobile

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Tap the Google Sheets app, which resembles a green page with a white grid on it. If you aren't signed into Google Sheets, tap SIGN IN, then select your account and/or enter your email address and password.

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Tap the spreadsheet that you want to edit. You may have to scroll down to find the spreadsheet in question. If you haven't yet created the spreadsheet that you want to alphabetize, tap , tap New spreadsheet, and enter your spreadsheet's information before proceeding.

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You may have to scroll left or right to find the column that contains the information that you want to alphabetize.

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It's at the top of the column. Doing so will select the column's contents.

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This will prompt a small pop-up menu to appear near the column's letter.

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Tap the "More" ► arrow on the right side of the pop-up menu until you see the "Sort A - Z" option appear. On Android, tap ⋮ or ⋯ on the right side of the pop-up menu, then scroll down to find the "Sort A - Z" option.

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Doing so will prompt the selected column's contents to be rearranged in alphabetical order.