Applying An Alphabetical Sort To Your VBA Array List

VBA Macro Code Alphabetical Order Sort Array Variant Lists

What This VBA Code Does

Sometimes it is vital to get your lists in order. Below are a couple VBA macros I use whenever I need to reorder the contents of my array storage variables.  You can use this with characters or words that are stored inside your array.  It even works with numbers by moving those ahead of character strings of text. In case you need to go in the opposite direction, I've added a second VBA macro that will sort in reverse alphabetical order.

Sorting Alphabetically (A-Z)

Sub Alphabetically_SortArray()
'PURPOSE: Sort an array filled with strings alphabetically (A-Z)
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim myArray As Variant
Dim x As Long, y As Long
Dim TempTxt1 As String
Dim TempTxt2 As String

myArray = Array("D", "1", "A", "B", "F", "C", "E")

'Alphabetize Sheet Names in Array List
  For x = LBound(myArray) To UBound(myArray)
    For y = x To UBound(myArray)
      If UCase(myArray(y)) < UCase(myArray(x)) Then
        TempTxt1 = myArray(x)
        TempTxt2 = myArray(y)
        myArray(x) = TempTxt2
        myArray(y) = TempTxt1
      End If
     Next y
  Next x

End Sub

Reverse Alphabetical Order! (Z-A)

Sub ReverseAlphabetical_SortArray()
'PURPOSE: Sort an array filled with strings in reverse alphabetical order (Z-A)
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim myArray As Variant
Dim x As Long, y As Long
Dim TempTxt1 As String
Dim TempTxt2 As String

myArray = Array("D", "1", "A", "B", "F", "C", "E")

'Alphabetize Sheet Names in Array List
  For x = LBound(myArray) To UBound(myArray)
    For y = x To UBound(myArray)
      If UCase(myArray(y)) > UCase(myArray(x)) Then
        TempTxt1 = myArray(x)
        TempTxt2 = myArray(y)
        myArray(x) = TempTxt2
        myArray(y) = TempTxt1
      End If
     Next y
  Next x

End Sub

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