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Alphabetically Sort Cell Range Values With VBA Code

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 04/12/20 •  4 min read
How to VBA Sort Cell Range Alphabetically

What This VBA Code Does

You may run into instances where you need to alphabetically sort your cell data (typically text values). The following VBA code will read a single-column range selection from the user and reorder the cell values in alphabetical order instantly. You can do this process manually by applying a sort on the data, but who wants to waste all those clicks in the Ribbon?

VBA Code:

Sort Values Based on Cell Selection

Sub AlphabetizeSelection()
'PURPOSE: Alphabetically order (A-Z) values in a single-columned cell selection
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim myArray As Variant
Dim rng As Range

'Optimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Store First Column of Cell Selection to Variable
  On Error GoTo NoSelectedCells
    Set rng = Selection.Columns(1)
    rng.Select
  On Error GoTo 0

'Clear Any prior sorting
  ActiveSheet.Sort.SortFields.Clear

'Sort Range Alphabetically (A-Z)
  rng.Sort Key1:=rng.Cells(1), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlNo
    
Exit Sub

'ERROR HANDLERS
NoSelectedCells:
MsgBox "Please select a column of cells before running this macro.", 16, "No Cells Selected"

End Sub

Select a Predetermined Cell Range

Sub AlphabetizeRange()
'PURPOSE: Alphabetically order (A-Z) values in a Range
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim rng As Range

'Optimize Code
  Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Store Range to a variable
  Set rng = Range("A1:A25")

'Clear Any prior sorting
  ActiveSheet.Sort.SortFields.Clear

'Sort Range Alphabetically (A-Z)
  rng.Sort Key1:=rng.Cells(1), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlNo
    
End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.