How to Custom Sort in Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hey there! Have you ever struggled with sorting data in Google Sheets? It can be time-consuming and frustrating when you have a large amount of data to sort through. However, I have good news for you. With custom sorting, you can sort your data exactly the way you want it in just a few simple steps! Let's dive in.

Step 1: Open Your Google Sheet

The first step, of course, is to open up your Google Sheet. Go to Google Drive and click on the Sheets icon. You can also open an existing Google Sheet or create a new one.

Step 2: Select the Data You Want to Sort

Once you've opened your Google Sheet, you need to select the data you want to sort. Click and drag your cursor to highlight the cells you want to sort. You can select a single column or multiple columns.

Step 3: Click on the "Data" Menu

After you've selected your data, you need to click on the "Data" menu in the top navigation bar. This will open a drop-down menu with various options.

Step 4: Click on "Sort Range"

In the "Data" drop-down menu, click on "Sort Range." This will open a new window where you can customize your sorting settings.

Step 5: Choose Your Sort Criteria

In the "Sort Range" window, you'll see a drop-down menu with various sorting options. You can sort by values, by the color of the cells, or by the font color. If you choose "Values," you'll need to select the column you want to sort by. You can choose ascending or descending order.

Step 6: Add Additional Sort Criteria (Optional)

If you want to further customize your sorting, you can add additional sort criteria. For example, you may want to sort by one column first and then by another column. To do this, click on the "Add another sort column" button and choose the column you want to sort by.

Step 7: Click "Sort"

Once you've chosen your sorting criteria, click the "Sort" button. Your data will be instantly sorted according to your specifications!

Step 8: Enjoy Your Custom Sorted Data!

Congratulations! You've successfully custom sorted your data in Google Sheets. Now you can easily read and analyze your data in the exact way you want it.


Sorting data in Google Sheets doesn't have to be a daunting task. With custom sorting, you can sort your data in a way that makes sense to you and your business. Follow these easy steps, and you'll be custom sorting like a pro in no time! And that's it for today. I hope this article has been useful for you, and you've enjoyed it as much as I did writing it. Happy sorting!
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