How to Sort by Date in Excel: A Step by Step Guide

As a marketer, I know how tedious it can be to deal with spreadsheets, especially when they involve dates and numbers. I remember the days when I used to manually sort through pages and pages of data just to get what I needed. But then I discovered Excel and all its glorious functions, including the ability to sort data by date and time. And let me tell you, Excel has been a game-changer for me.

If you're anything like me and you need to sort your Excel data by date, you're in luck because I'm going to walk you through the process step-by-step in this guide. By the end of this article, you'll be a pro at sorting data by date in Excel.

Step 1: Select Your Data

The first step is to select the data that you want to sort. Make sure to select the entire column that contains the dates you want to sort. You can do this by clicking on the column letter at the top of the column.

Alternatively, you can click on the cell containing the first date in the column and then drag down to select the rest of the dates in the column. This is called a range selection and it allows you to select multiple cells at once.

Step 2: Open the Sort Dialog Box

Once you have your data selected, the next step is to open the Sort dialog box. To do this, go to the Data tab in the Excel ribbon and click on the Sort button. This will open the Sort dialog box.

Step 3: Choose Your Sort Options

In the Sort dialog box, you'll see that there are several options for sorting your data. You can choose to sort by one or more columns, and you can also specify the order in which you want your data sorted (ascending or descending).

In our case, we want to sort our data by date, so we'll need to select the column that contains the dates. If your data has column headers, make sure to tick the "My data has headers" checkbox so that Excel knows to exclude the header row from the sort.

Next, choose "Date" from the "Sort On" dropdown menu. This tells Excel that we want to sort our data based on the dates in the selected column.

Finally, choose the order in which you want your data sorted by selecting either "Oldest to Newest" or "Newest to Oldest" from the "Order" dropdown menu.

Step 4: Sort Your Data

Once you have your sort options selected, the final step is to sort your data. To do this, simply click on the "OK" button at the bottom of the Sort dialog box.

Excel will now sort your data based on the options you selected. You should see that the dates in your selected column are now sorted in either ascending or descending order.


Sorting data by date in Excel is an essential skill for any marketer or data analyst. With the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can quickly and easily sort your data by date and save yourself time and hassle. Excel has many other powerful functions that can help you analyze and organize your data, so be sure to explore all that it has to offer!

And there you have it, a step-by-step guide on how to sort by date in Excel. I hope you found this guide helpful and informative. Happy sorting!

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